Agency Information

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 the best 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.

Guiding Principles

How the Oregon Employment Department behaves and conducts business is crucial to the success of the department and the entire workforce system. Working with customers, partners, stakeholders and advisors, the Oregon Employment Department commits to the following guiding principles.

Set high ethical and professional standards at all times. Build and maintain relationships based on honesty, respect, fairness and a commitment to open dialogue and transparency.

Be passionate about delivering quality information and service. Strive to replicate success, learn from mistakes and actively pursue creative approaches that lead to continuous improvement and innovation. Be flexible and nimble, responding quickly to changing economic needs.

Identify the needs of Oregonians and provide uncompromising service with efficiency, accountability and a helpful attitude. Find what we can do to overcome barriers and help our customers, rather than focusing on what cannot be done. Remember that our coworkers are customers too.

Encourage individual ownership and effort, but work as a team, valuing the expertise, insights, individuality and contribution of all colleagues. Understand that we are funded by taxpayers and have a relentless responsibility to provide value to Oregonians every day.

Cultivate a safe, healthy, family-friendly work environment that encourages personal growth and provides opportunities for everyone to succeed. Embrace humor as a vital part of workplace culture, and honor the desire to do meaningful and satisfying work. Allow the diversity of our staff, customers and stakeholders to enhance the service we provide to the people of Oregon.