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About Us
The Oregon Employment Department
Create innovative community workforce solutions in a dynamic business environment
Mission Statement
Support Business - Promote Employment
  • Support economic stability for Oregonians and communities during times of unemployment through the payment of unemployment benefits.
  • Serve businesses by recruiting and referring qualified applicants to jobs, and provide resources to diverse job seekers in support of their employment needs.
  • Develop and distribute quality workforce and economic information to promote informed decision making.
Our Values
The Oregon Employment Department's most valuable asset is its employees - who are our
primary resource in the delivery of customer service. In recognition of the value of our employees
and our dedication to the customers the Department serves, we commit to the following:

  • Give high quality service to all customers – job seekers, claimants, businesses, and legislators; local, county, state and federal agencies, and co-workers.
  • Provide timely and accurate information.
  • Consistently apply laws and policies to ensure that customers receive fair and equal treatment.

  • Obtain shared solutions promoting the greatest value.
  • Honor and respect the talents and contributions of others.
  • View problems as an opportunity to excel through collective talents, efforts, and abilities.

  • Reach across traditional boundaries, seeking input from diverse backgrounds.
  • Appreciate and encourage diversity of backgrounds, situations, and perspectives in the workplace.
  • Honor the dignity of all people.

Honesty & Openness
  • Treat others with honesty, respect, and courtesy.
  • Seek to create a stimulating, rewarding, and non-threatening work environment for employees, and to make every customer interaction a positive experience.
  • Encourage a two-way information exchange among all employees, allowing for the views of others to ensure decisions are fact-based.

Accountability & Trust
  • Build trust and integrity into all relationships.
  • Be responsible for commitments and accountable for actions taken.
  • Provide services with a pleasant, helpful attitude in a friendly, non-judgmental atmosphere.

  • Promote a safe, healthy, and family-friendly work environment that encourages learning and mentoring.
  • Keep current and creative in fields of expertise, actively seeking new ways of doing business.

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The Employment Department was created in 1993. The department is an active partner in the development of the state's workforce.

The mission of the Employment Department is to promote employment of Oregonians through developing a diversified, multi-skilled workforce, and providing support during periods of unemployment.

Through 47 offices across the state, the department serves job seekers and employers by helping workers find suitable employment; providing qualified applicants for employers; supplying statewide and local labor market information; and providing unemployment insurance benefits to workers temporarily unemployed through no fault of their own.

The department offers a number of services. It serves employers through timely recruitment of a qualified workforce, customizing state and local labor market information for use as a business planning tool, and by offering job-matching services based on the need of each employer. Labor market economists and research analysts identify major workforce policy areas that require additional research and present their findings and ideas for solutions to decision makers. Statewide, regional, and local economic information is prepared for use by employers, community leaders, and policy makers. The department helps job seekers find jobs that match their skills and employers' needs, provides them with up-to-date information about trends in occupations and skills needed for success in the job market, and works with other agencies to direct them to appropriate training programs and job experiences.
Business Recruiting Services
Job Finding Assistance
Unemployment Insurance
Quality Information for Informed Business Decisions
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