Unemployment

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is funded by FEMA and administered by the Employment Department. Benefits are payable in the first week after the week in which the President declares a major disaster. The disaster declaration will specify which counties are eligible. The disaster declaration must specifically grant Individual Assistance.  
 
Eligibility
 
To qualify, your unemployment must be a direct result of a major disaster under any one of five conditions:
  1. You no longer have a job as a direct result of the major disaster.
  2. You are unable to reach your place of employment as a direct result of the major disaster.
  3. You were going to start work and you don't have a job or you are unable to reach the job as a direct result of the major disaster.
  4. You are the breadwinner or major support for a household because the head of the household has died as a direct result of the major disaster.
  5. You can’t work because of an injury caused as a direct result of the major disaster.
In addition to the above conditions, you must meet normal eligibility requirements for an Oregon Unemployment Insurance claim. Unlike regular unemployment, self-employed individuals may be eligible for benefits. 
 
Application process
 
You have 30 days from the date the disaster was announced to submit your application (with provisions for good cause if the application is late). Proof of earnings (tax forms) for the prior calendar year is required and must be submitted with the application. When a disaster occurs and Disaster Unemployment Assistance is available, we will issue press releases and post information on this website.  
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Individuals unemployed as a direct result of the major disasters that were declared due to Hurricanes Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands may be entitled to additional emergency benefits.  To find out if you are eligible:

To file for extended DUA in Puerto Rico, interstate claimants should contact the Puerto Rico Department of Labor at (787) 945-7898, Monday through Friday, from 8:00am to 4:30pm EST. 

To file for extended DUA in the U.S. Virgin Islands, interstate claimants should contact the Virgin Islands Department of Labor (VIDOL) at (340) 715-5712 Monday through Friday, from 8:00am to 4:00pm EST. ​ 

 

UI Special Programs Center

Oregon Employment Department
PO Box 14518
Salem, Or 97309​

Hours of Operation

8:00 AM  - 5:00 PM

Contact

Phone: 503-947-1800
Toll Free: (800) 436-6191