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Claims Activity & Employment Numbers - Week Ending January 30, 2010
02/04/2010
CONTACT:   Tom Fuller 
Thomas.E.Fuller@state.or.us
503.947.1301
or
Craig Spivey
Craig.C.Spivey@state.or.us
503.947.1303
 
                                                                           THIS WEEK                    LAST WEEK

 
2010
2009
2010
2009
Initial Claims
11,979
16,415
11,174
13,895
Individuals on Regular Unemployment Benefits
109,961
117,957
108,998
112,803
Individuals on Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC)
97,599
30,037
96,723
28,843
Total individuals on unemployment benefits (including all programs)
217,188
152,075
215,076
144,992
Total benefit payments
$65,726,774
$41,625,994
$64,593,002
$39,298,999
Unemployment Insurance trust fund balance (In millions)
$948.52
$1,850.00
$968.28
$1,875.81
Average Unemployment Check
$293.39
$283.85
$295.43
$283.49
 
Total number of initial claims rose slightly last week from the previous week, however initial claims remained well below last year’s torrid pace in January.  Initial claims rose by just 805 between week three and four of 2010, 4,400 less than in the same week a year ago. The chart below shows the level of initial claims from 2007 to the present. The high point of initial claims during this period came in the last reporting week of 2008 when 21,192 initial claims were filed. The first week of this year saw a similar high level of initial claims. January is typically a higher month of claims activity due to a change in quarter (when some will qualify for a new claim) and seasonal layoffs.
 
As initial claims remain steady, although at a high number, the total number of individuals on unemployment continue to go up.  More than 217,000 claimed benefits, up more than 2,000 from the previous week and more than 65,000 from the same time a year ago.
 
Part of the increase from last year is due to the expansion of extended benefits which has allowed people to receive unemployment benefits for longer, and part of the increase is due to the increase in the number of people exhausting regular benefits and claiming extended benefits.
 
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