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Oregon Unemployment and Employment Situation - May 2011
6/14/2011
CONTACT:  Tom Fuller
503-947-1301
Thomas.E.Fuller@state.or.us 

 Craig Spivey
 503-947-1303
 Craig.C.Spivey@state.or.us

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Oregon’s Unemployment Insurance & iMatchSkills Update May 2011
 
Unemployment Insurance
Regular Claims Activity
 
The number of initial regular claims was 13% lower in May of 2011 than in May 2010, while the number of first payments was down 12% for the same period.  The number of weeks claimed was down 18% year over year.  The number of people exhausting benefits was 12% lower in May 2011 from May 2010, while the exhaustion rate went down from 55% to 50%.  Average regular claim duration is 2 weeks lower than last year in May; from 19.9 weeks to 17.6 weeks.  The total number of individuals receiving unemployment is at its lowest since the week ending December 27, 2008.
 
Extended Benefits
The number of people claiming Emergency Unemployment Compensation and Extended Benefits has been steadily declining The OEB program was funded for 30 million dollars and ended after only 4 weeks of benefits were paid out due to the volume of claims.  This program added over 20,000 to the count of UI recipients in May.
 

 
Week ending June 4, 2011
Same week 2010
Initial Claims for unemployment
7, 863
8,948
Individuals on Regular Unemployment Benefits
63,258
83,954
Individuals on Emergency Unemployment Compensation
57,883
76,926
Individuals on Extended Benefits
12,461
11,927
Individuals on Oregon Emergency Benefits
19
2,247
Total number of individuals receiving unemployment benefits
141,462
184,017
Unemployment Benefits paid out
$38,791,574
$55,583,044
Unemployment Trust Fund Balance (in millions)
$991.17
$839.83
 
iMatchSkills
As of Monday, May 16, 2011, there were 6,991 listings in iMatchSkills, which represents 11,858 openings.
 
WorkSource Oregon has been actively assisting employers with several large-scale hiring events over the past month.  In Wilsonville, the Fred Meyer Corporation worked with WorkSource Portland Metro-Tualatin for staffing their new store.  More than 1,200 individuals applied for the 200 positions.  In Springfield, Cabela’s opened its first location in Oregon. WorkSource Lane assisted with the interviewing and screening of 1,200 applicants that resulted in 182 hires for the store.  In Salem, Marshalls worked WorkSource Oregon in staffing their new store at Keizer Station.
 
Top Occupations By Industry 

Listings
Industry Group
708
Office and Administrative Support
127
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry
564
Sales
458
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical
334
Food Preparation and Serving
324
Transportation
124
Protective Service
541
Computer and Mathematical
297
Healthcare Support
265
Building and Ground Maintenance
 
Top Listings By Occupation

Listings
Occupation
208
Truck Drivers, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer
182
Registered Nurses
168
Retail Salespersons
144
Customer Service Representatives
135
Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants
126
Tellers
112
Computer Software Engineers, Applications
99
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners
87
Supervisors & Managers Retail Sales Workers
85
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other