In the state of Oregon, the unemployment insurance (UI) program provides partial income replacement for individuals who are temporarily unemployed and actively seeking new job opportunities. The UI program is supervised by the Unemployment Insurance Agency, which is a division of the Employment Department in Oregon. Through this agency, services are available in both English and Spanish.
If you wish to receive UI benefits in Oregon, you must be unemployed through no fault of your own. You must also be willing to work, available to work, and physically able to work. Thus, you cannot refuse any suitable job offer that has been provided to you by the UI Agency. As part of the application process, you must register with an automated system known as iMatchSkills, which will help you find suitable job opportunities in the state of Oregon.
Work Search Requirement
You must satisfy this requirement to remain qualified UI benefits by contacting a minimum of three potential employers for each week that you are unemployed. Moreover, you must submit a work search record at least once per month to the UI Agency. In particular, you must provide the details of your attempts, such as the names of the employers, the dates of contact, the contact methods used, and the results of your efforts.
Monetary Eligibility Requirement
Your monetary eligibility will be determined based on your earnings from a specific 12-month period known as your “base period.” This period consists of the first four quarters out of the last five completed quarters of the calendar year. In this period, you must have earned at least $1000 in wages through employment in Oregon. Alternatively, you have worked at least 500 hours in your base period if you did not earn enough wages. In addition, your total wages from your base period must be equal to or greater than 1.5 times the quarter in which you earned the most wages, which is also known as your “high quarter.” These earnings will also be used to determine your weekly and maximum benefit amounts. For instance, your weekly benefit amount will be 1.25 percent of your total wages from your base period. However, there is a limit to how much or how little you can receive through UI benefits. In the state of Oregon, you will not receive more than $524 per week or less than $122 per week in UI benefits. Furthermore, you can take advantage of UI program for up to 26 weeks in one benefit year (52-week period). Similar to other states, you must serve a one-week waiting period before you can begin receiving UI benefits. In most cases, your payments will be sent through direct deposit.
How to File a Claim
The easiest way to file a UI claim is to apply online, as this system is available 24 hours per day and 7 days per week. If you cannot use the web-based system or access a computer, you can submit an application in-person by visiting the nearest UI claim center in your area. You will need the following items before starting the application process:
- Social Security Number, address, and telephone number
- Driver’s license or identification card
- Employment history from the last 18 months, which includes the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of all your previous employers
- Banking information to set up payments through direct deposit