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Oregon Unemployment Benefits Guide

Unemployment rates are raising and workers are scrambling to get the help from the state and federal governments. Oregon unemployment trend generally keeps up with the national rates. This guide explains how to file for unemployment in Oregon State. For more detailed  instructions refer to Oregon unemployment guide, which covers qualification criteria, office numbers, compensation amount etc.

The very first step would be to contact State Unemployment Insurance agency, soon after you have hast lost the job. Many States including Oregon allow citizens to file a claim by phone or through the Internet. When you file your state insurance claims, you will have to present some basic information, such as home address, job records etc. Make sure you give thorough and accurate information otherwise your case may get delayed.

Next step is to make sure you have eligibility to claim unemployment benefits. Oregon State imposes stringent restrictions for you to establish such eligibility. You must have lost job through no fault of your own. Basically you employer must have terminated your job position. If you resign for your personal reason, it won’t count. State also requires you to look for new job actively. You cannot stay home and claim benefits indefinitely. To get benefits, you must have earned enough “credits” from your previous jobs. You must have worked in some full-time positions and earned wages.

Next phase is to prepare the documentation required to submit the application. Generally you require the following:

  • Past employment history such as business name and mailing address of the employer.
  • Employee details such as name, SSN, telephone number etc.
  • How you lost the job – voluntary or not

State unemployment agencies generally take two to four weeks to process your application. There will be a one-week waiting period; hence, the second week claimed is the first week of payment.

You should always try to file application online. You can create your account and submit the application with the state unemployment agency. However, if you want apply over phone, call the toll-free number at 877-877-1781 if you live NW Oregon. 877-728-7970 for SW region and 800-663-7914 for Central/Eastern region. If you live outside of Oregon call 800-982-8920. For weekly claims call the local office or 800-982-8920.

There are currently three benefit extensions available.

  • EUC Tier 1 provides up to 20 weeks of additional benefits to claimants exhausting regular benefits, or whose regular claim expired after May 1, 2007.
  • EUC Tier 2 provides up to 14 weeks of additional benefits to claimants who exhaust Tier 1 benefits with the payment of the week December 20-26, 2009 or before.
  • EUC Tier 3 provides up to 13 weeks of additional benefits to claimants who exhaust Tier 2 benefits with the payment of the week December 20-26, 2009 or before.
  • EUC Tier 4 provides up to 6 weeks of additional benefits to claimants who exhaust Tier 3 benefits with the payment of the week December 20-26, 2009 or before.