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Weekly claims information week ending January 23, 2010
02/01/2010
CONTACT:  Tom Fuller
WorkSource Oregon Employment Department
 503-947-1301
 Thomas.e.fuller@state.or.us
 
Unemployment Insurance Weekly Update

Initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits declined by more than 1,300 the week ending January 23 as compared to the previous week.  This is the second consecutive week of decline in initial claims.  There were 11,174 initial claims the week ending the 23rd compared to 12,479 initial claims the week before.  Initial claims were also down from the same week a year ago.  In 2009 there were 13,895 initial claims.
 
While initial claims dropped, the total number of individuals receiving unemployment insurance benefits rose by more than 2,600 over the week.  Currently there are more than 70,000 additional individuals on unemployment than the same week a year ago.
 

 
This Week
Last Week
 
2010
2009
2010
2009
Initial Claims
11,174
13,895
12,479
15,111
Oregonians on Regular Unemployment Benefits
108,998
112,803
111,489
115,452
Oregonians on Emergency Unemployment Compensation
96,723
28,843
96,035
30,291
Total number of Oregonians receiving unemployment (including all programs)
215,076
144,995
212,429
149,336
U. I. Trust Fund Balance ($ in Millions)
$968.28
$1,875.81
$988.99
$1,901.00
Total $ paid in Benefits
$64,593,002
$39,293,672
$64,472,477
$39,323,931

Historically, January is the busiest month for unemployment insurance claims.  Last year at this time, telephone wait times at the unemployment insurance centers hovered around 40 or more minutes.  Due to improvements in the phone system and additional staff, wait times have consistently been around 10 minutes.  Also, Oregonians may go online to file their initial claim for unemployment benefits, as well as their weekly claim.  Currently, just over 56 percent of initial claims are filed online.

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