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Did your employer pay unemployment taxes ("Covered Employment")?

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Did you earn at least $ 1000 in the base period in

Base period is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters. If you are filing today, base period is Jul 2013 - Sep 2013 to Apr 2014 - Jun 2014

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Did you quit your last job due to unsafe working conditions, not being paid, discrimination and / or health and safety risks?

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Were you fired for no fault of your own?

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Were you laid off for no fault of your own?

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CALL: 877-517-5627 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., Unemployment Insurance: (1-877-345-3484) For weekly claims call the local office or 800-982-8920.

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    State: Oregon (OR)
    Phone Number: 877-517-5627 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., Unemployment Insurance: (1-877-345-3484) For weekly claims call the local office or 800-982-8920.
    File Online: http://www.employment.oregon.gov/EMPLOY/UI/index.shtml
    Major Towns: Portland, Eugene, Salem, Gresham, Hillsboro, Beaverton, Bend, Medford, Springfield and Corvallis.

    Current Unemploymnet Rate in Oregon

    Oregon Unemployment Questions

    What can I expect after I file my unemployment application?

    Whether you file your initial unemployment application online or by telephone, staff need to process the application. This can take a few days when workload is heavy. Once the application is processed, the unemployment depatment will mail you a Wage and Potential Benefit Report and a Claimant Handbook.

    On the first Sunday or Monday after you filed your application, file a claim for the prior week. You can file your claim for the prior week online or by phone on our Weekly Claim Line. You need to file a weekly claim for each week you are unemployed and wish to receive benefits, including your first or “waiting week.“

    If there are any issues on your claim to investigate, be sure to respond to all letters or telephone messages right away. Continue to make your weekly claims while investigation is in process. If you don’t make a weekly claim, the investigation can't begin. It can take three to four weeks to complete the investigation.

    You may be scheduled to attend an orientation meeting at a WorkSource Oregon office. If you do not go, your benefits will be delayed. Depending on the reason you didn’t go, your benefits could be denied.



    How do I get my PIN? And what is a CID?

    Personal Identification Number

    You chose a Personal Identification Number (PIN) when you first filed your initial unemployment application, whether you filed online or by telephone. You will use the same PIN throughout your claim. You will need it whenever you access the Online Claim System and to claim weekly benefits whether online or by telephone. Agency employees do not know your PIN. If you forget it, you will have to ask to reset it so that you can choose a new PIN. You are responsible for the security of your PIN. Do not share it with anyone and don’t let others use it.

    Claimant Identification Number

    Your Claimant Identification Number (CID) is a number assigned only to you at the time you filed your initial unemployment application. We use it on the documents we send to you as a way to safeguard your claim and Social Security number from identity theft. You will need your CID to change your address or apply for direct deposit through the Online Claim System. . The labor department will not give out your CID, even to you if you call, so please keep a record of it.

    What is a Waiting Week?

    The Waiting Week is the first week on your claim in which you meet all eligibility requirements. You do not receive payment for your waiting week. Every unemployment account must have a Waiting Week before the unemployment department can start making benefit payments.

    Important: You must claim the week in order for it to be your Waiting Week. Simply filing your application does not give you credit for your waiting week.



    What can delay, stop, or reduce my benefits?

    Benefits are payable only if you are eligible. Common issues which require investigation and could result in you not receiving benefits include:

    • Quitting your job;
    • Being fired or suspended from work;
    • Missing an opportunity for work during a week you claim;
    • Refusing work;
    • Turning down or not contacting the employer when referred by a WorkSource Oregon office;
    • Missing a scheduled orientation meeting with a WorkSource Oregon office;
    • Illness or injury;
    • Failing to look for work;
    • School attendance;
    • Being out of the area unless you are looking for work;
    • Not being willing or ready to take work;
    • Receiving retirement pay, vacation pay, or holiday pay;
    • Skipping a week without restarting your claim; and
    • Answering a question on your weekly claim in a way that raises an issue.

    If there is a problem, the labor department will contact you either by phone or mail. They will explain the problem and how it could affect your claim. They will ask you for details about the situation. Please reply quickly if you get a form to complete, a letter asking for information, or a telephone message; your benefits could be delayed until you answer. If you do not answer at all, they may deny benefits.

    Continue to make your weekly claims either online or on the Weekly Claim Line while the staff investigate your claim.

    The unemployment department will make a decision based on information from you, your employer or other sources. If the decision allows benefits and you meet all eligibility conditions, we pay any benefits you have coming. Any time they deny benefits, they will send you a decision explaining why they denied benefits, for what time period, how to requalify, and how to appeal if you disagree.



    How do I change my mailing address?

    You can change your mailing address through the Online Claim System You will need to enter your Social Security number, your customer ID number (CID) and your PIN in order to access the address change screen. Your CID is printed on every document the unemployment department mail you.

    You can also call your UI Center or notify us in writing of your address change, even if you have stopped reporting.

    Each January, the labor department mails out Form 1099G, Statement for Recipients of Unemployment Compensation Payments, for use in filing your tax returns. they mail the form to the latest mailing address that they have on each claim. If they don’t have your current address on file, the Post Office will not forward the form.

    Note: Changing your address in the iMatchskills program or with the Post Office does not change it on your claim record.



    How do I start or stop tax withholding?
    You can choose to have state or federal taxes, both, or neither withheld from your benefits. You can change your withholding after filing your claim, but tax regulations require changes to tax withholding be made in writing. Complete an Authorization for Tax Withholding, Form 1040WH, and mail your request to the Employment Department at PO Box 14135, Salem, OR 97309 or fax it to (866) 345-1878. Be sure to include your name and either Social Security number or customer ID number (CID).

    How does retirement pay affect my benefits?

    Retirement pay could reduce your benefits, make you ineligible, or have no effect at all. If you are not eligible for periodic payments, it has no effect. If an employer for whom you worked during the base year of your claim either contributed to the retirement fund or maintained it, then your retirement pay is deducted dollar for dollar.

    Social Security does not affect your benefits unless you do not want to work full time, put limits on the type of work you will do, or if you do not want to look for work any more.



    What if I work for a temporary agency?

    If you work for a temporary or employee leasing agency, you may receive benefits between assignments or if you are working part time. You must still meet all other eligibility requirements.

    You are an employee of the agency even if you always work at other businesses. When restarting your claim after working for a temporary or employee leasing agency, list the agency as your employer, not the business you were sent to help. Also, tell us the reason the assignment ended; lack of work (completed the assignment), quitting (leaving the assignment before it ends), or being fired (taken off the assignment before it ends).

    Assignments may last a few hours or days, or may continue for months. When your assignment ends always check in with your agency at once. They may have a new assignment for you. If you refuse a new assignment, you may be disqualified from receiving benefits.



    Where can I get help finding a job?
    The Employment Department provides a broad range of services to assist in your return to work. Employer job listings, resume writing resources, career exploration tools and labor market information are among the services provided. Staff is available to assist you and introduce you to the services that will benefit you in your work search.


    Claimants are required to fully register for work in the electronic job match system (iMatchSkills). Failure to register for work in iMatchSkills will result in a denial of benefits. The requirement does not apply to claimants who are scheduled to return to work within four weeks, or who are limited to seeking work though their union hiring hall. Individuals can register for work using iMatchSkills at www.workinginoregon.org. People can also register in person at their nearest local employment office.

    Federal law requires all states to determine each claimant’s probability of exhausting regular benefits. These claimants are selected to participate in the Worker Profiling program. Federal and state laws requires selected claimants to participate in reemployment services in order to remain eligible for benefits. In Oregon, this program is known as Reemployment Services. The program selects claimants who are likely to exhaust benefits, and provides, through a local office or one-stop partner: * Individual needs and skills assessments * Career information * Labor market information * Résumé writing assistance * Job placement assistance, and * Job search assistance.

    If you are selected to participate, it is important that you attend the Orientation and participate in the reemployment services provided. Failing to attend the Orientation or participate may result in a denial of benefits.

Questions & Answers

  1. Josh says:

    If I am getting divorced and then decide to quit my job to move from Oregon to Virginia (all my family is out there), will I still be eligible for Unemployment benefits from the state of Oregon?

  2. Ericca Goforth says:

    I applied for ui benefits in the state of Oregon the first week of June I got approved for benefits but am being denied every week because I attend school. I would like to apply for training unemployment insurance which would allow me to attend school and receive unemployment. I am curious if I should apply for this while still being enrolled with regular ui benefits or how exactly I should go about applying for this without it causing me to loose unemployment all together?

    • Adrian says:

      The best authority that can answer this question is the labor dept in your state.

      Please check with them.

  3. Chell says:

    I thought I was laid off because off the way my boss stated it, but the company states I was fired. I applied for unemployment as laid off. Can I change it to fired without being penalized. The company stated that I no longer met their expectation, so I still could get unemployment right?

  4. marnita long martin says:

    I quit my job to take care of terminally ill mother then Moved out if state to be closer to family have been doing weekly claim line and just started part time work how long do I have to wait for a decision to be made

    • Adrian says:

      You may please use the online or telephone service of the claims center to get an update on status.If its just a week since you applied,you may have to wait for a couple of days more.

  5. Richard Wright says:

    I currently work 12.5 days and due to physical issues – spinal fusion/hip replacement – I am in extreme pain at the end of my shifts I will not be able to continue to work this many hours in a day, my employer will not adjust my hours, advising conditions of employment, I was hired on to work 10 hr days but it changed to 12.5 hrs this year. I can work 8 hrs per day and can control the pain, can I receive unemployment benefits while looking for another job… I have never taken benefits in the past.

    Thank you,

    • kathy says:

      Have you asked your employer if there are anyother adjustments – different responsibilities etc – they could make to accomodate your condition? As long as you are able to work at something you meet a requirement for unemployment eligibility. However, you need credit weeks, minimum amount of wages per week, etc. Perhaps you should call the unemployement office before or look at the website to get an idea of what you might be eligible for. Does the company have short term disability? What ever you do – try to preserve / maintain a “pleasant” working relationship in all that you do.

  6. robert harris says:

    i will be out of work for 2 to3 weeks for a shoulder surgery. can i collect unemployment benefits? thank you

  7. carlos m chavez says:

    HELP….I’VE BEEN TRYING TO CONTACT THE OR.UI LINES AND I CANNOT GET THROUGH AFTER HOURS OF TRYING. PLEASE, I HAVE A PROBLEM WITH MY UI PAYMENTS, AS I AM NOT GETTING MY FULL BENEFIT AMOUNT AND I DID NOT GET MY LAST WEEKS PAYMENT.

  8. Leanne Zilka says:

    If you are fired because you have missed too much work due to health / illness, can you still get unemployment in Oregon?

  9. Robert Craughan says:

    My wife is joining the air force and we will be required to relocate for her schooling and then to whatever base she will be stationed at. I will be quitting my job because of the required relocation. Will I be eligible for unemployment?

  10. Debra J Eisenberg says:

    I recently got married and will be leaving my residence and moving to my husbands home which is 45-50 miles from my work. The distance is a hardship in terms of time and money but also winter driving. If I leave my full time long term job would I be eligible for unemployment benefits ?

  11. Rod says:

    My Wife has COPD and has been advised we should relocate to a Dry area that is much Dryer then Southern Oregon so I may give my notice to quit and my wife has a letter of recommendation from her Doctor that this is a must for health reasons I do believe I can get unemployment can any one confirm

  12. Lori Kerr says:

    My husband, who is currently receiving UI benefits, has to go to California to care for his mother who has just been diagnosed with terminal cancer. Is there a provision in place to assist him financially during the period he is out of state (Oregon)?

  13. Nami Kim says:

    It’s been 3 weeks pass if I file for unemployment pay, do I receive all money from the date I got layoff? Or only get pay from the date I file my unemployment please let e know.

  14. nick says:

    where do i go to file an unemployment claim in eugene oregon in person?

  15. Nancy says:

    I was told today my hours will be cut from 40 to 15 and 20 every other week. Can I still apply for unemployment?

    • Baggie says:

      Hi Nancy,

      Anything below 32 hours a week is usually considered for part time employment and you should be eligible to receive unemployment benefits. Please check out other specific requirements for your state which determines your eligibility.

  16. Joe c says:

    Hello, my work has a very stringent 12 month revolving calendar policy regarding absenteeism. I had to take care of my 2 yr old a few times last year and also had problems because of my diabetes. This last January, they put me on a final notice, which lasts one year. I had another child care issue very recently and now they want to fire me. Can I claim unemployment if they do fire me?

  17. Jeremy Darling says:

    If I end up out of work due to a hip replacement will I be eligible for benefits ?

    • Baggie says:

      Hi Jeremy,

      It is very important to be able and available to work in order to receive unemployment benefits. Please note that you may qualify to receive disability benefits, check with your company.

  18. Wendy Grangroth says:

    Due to Stress and Bullying at work(Huntair), I can no longer continue to work there. It is affecting me physically and emotionally. After 7+ years of torment, I just can’t do it any longer. From having to share one open bathroom with 150 welders, to seeing the C word written on the bathroom wall(I am the only female)to recently receiving the one and only bad review in the history of my employment, I am experiencing physical and mental symptoms. I would like to turn my notice in but have bills and a mortgage payment. What are my options??? Thank you kindly, Wendy Grangroth, 503-753-4572.

    • Baggie says:

      Hi Wendy,

      It is very unfortunate to be working in such a hostile environment. Before quitting, have you thought about notifying your boss or manager about the problems you are facing? This is an important step. You can go ahead and discuss the problems you are facing and document the same. If your problems remain unresolved over more than a month or two, you can quit the job. While claiming unemployment, you will have to state that you have lost job through no fault of your own. Now, you can furnish the documents which serve as a proof to show that you tried to resolve the problems. The burden of proof is on you to show that the work environment was very saddening. Also note that, your employer can appeal and has the same rights as you.

  19. Rod thomas says:

    I was laid off Nov 2012 how long are my benifits good for 1 year 2 year
    also I got a severance package for 1 year can I still apply for benifits and and when is the latest time can I apply for unemplyment benifits

    • Baggie says:

      Hi Rod,

      You can apply for unemployment benefits at the earliest. It might be possible to receive unemployment benefits while receiving severance pay. However, you will have to declare your severance pay while filing for unemployment.

  20. Lisa Schmidt says:

    My weekly claim was filed but states that it has not been processed can you tell me why?

    • Baggie says:

      Hi Lisa,

      It is important that you complete the claims procedure while filing on phone. Check if your weekly claim was accepted. Your claim will be processed in a week and you should receive your pay. Did you serve a waiting week? This is usually the first week of your claims period where you need to file your weekly claim but will not receive any benefit amount.

  21. Todd says:

    Recently had a severe injury to my foot. Been out of work since mid-January. Can I receive unemployment benefits? I plan on returning to my job position once I am cleared to do so by my doctor.

    • Baggie says:

      Hi Todd,

      You cannot receive unemployment benefits if you are unable to work. However, you may receive short term disability benefits.

  22. Jim Schak says:

    I am working but am on extended medical absence and not able to work for the next three monts. I will be receiving some short term disabiltiy. Do I qualify for any unemployment
    Thank you
    jim Schak
    503-804-5448

  23. Pat C says:

    Can you quit and get benifits: you are called into the managers office over a period of time, get spoken to about being rude to others and not be aware of how you are preseived by others, not given the chance to to attend employee assistance program becasue of personal issues at home and be exposed to more work stress and get a repretition from you other coworers as not being approchable because of the perception of being rude and return from a short leave of absance and find out someone has said that I kicked their chair and touch them in a hostile wayb thus launching a official investigation into the matter. Would this be a hostile work envirnment?

    • Baggie says:

      Hi Pat,

      When a person quits a job stating the reason as hostile environment, he has the burden of proof. So in your case, if you choose to quit the job, you will have to make sure that you are able to furnish proof. Your employer has the right to appeal as well. So please think it over and take an appropriate decision.

  24. Todd says:

    I was recently laid off of my work due to a severe illness and can’t work. Once I am given a doctor’s clearance I plan on returning to my same job position. Am I able to collect unemployment until that time and not have to actively look for work, since I am unable to walk at this time?

    • Baggie says:

      Hi Todd,

      Unemployment compensation is provided to workers who are able and available to work. Please check if you can draw short term disability benefits.

  25. Chris says:

    what is the maximum benefit amount per week?

    • neha says:

      The maximum potential weekly benefit in Oregon is presently $524 a week. Your weekly benefit amount (WBA) is based on your recent work record for a 12-month period known as the base year.

  26. Mary Antons says:

    How do I get compies of my weekly unemployment check stubs. I have to claim them for at the SSI office.

  27. Anita says:

    My husband has a new job that is 2 1/2 hours away. We have to move. I am going to have to quit my job of 9+ years. Will I qualify for unemployment benefits?

  28. Gary Pankratz says:

    Can I colect unemployment while receiving SS retirement payments? Can I claim unemployment if I quit my job? What if I quit due to medical issues?
    Thank you for your time & help.

  29. cary bixel says:

    I asked a question about benefits yesterday and I assumed it would be answered in my e-mail. I will ask again; My employer has a temporary lack of work. If I claim a waiting week now and go back to work and get laid off 6 months later, could I be denied benefits?

  30. cary bixel says:

    My employer has a slow down in work and is requiring everyone to take 64 hours of time off. I took 30 hours of no pay a couple weeks ago and now I will be taking off 40 hours with no pay for this week with no pay. My question is; If I claim a waiting week now and keep working after my waiting week, could I be disquilfied for benefits a few months later if we have a layoff or required time off?

  31. Marc Michiels says:

    I am an ex teacher from Eagle Point School District and was placed on a plan of assistance and scheduled to be terminated in June of 2012. Not wanting “fired” on my employment record I detatched myself by retiring. I contend that I would have been fired and believe that I am entitled to unemployment compensation as I am actively searching for a job and do not have income to survive on.

  32. Roger says:

    I am 62 and am considering retiring because of the possibility of termination. Would I be able to collect unemployment? Or if I resign because of the same reason would I be able to correct unemployment?

  33. Patricia Caton says:

    I lived in Oregon intill april of this year. I got a job an here in tucson and was fired I need to file unemployment which state do I file under?

  34. M says:

    Would you qualify for unemployment if you get your job due to being pregnant and the job being over stressful and is causing medical problems for the pregnancy?

  35. ken meeds says:

    i am working in arkansas, if i move to oregon and cant find a job rigth away can i draw unemployment??

    • neha says:

      Yes, if you are qualified for unemployment insurance benefits and move to from Arkansas to Oregon are still qualified to collect benefits even after you move. This is because every state participates in the federal Interstate Benefit Payment Plan.

      However, it is essential to follow the proper procedures to qualify for benefits and receive payments in a timely manner.

  36. Jesse Loyer says:

    WHere is the local office in Gresham at. Please I have already filed on line and have had it rejected and need to go into the office to see what I have to do yet. On line may of confused me. Thank you

  37. Jerry says:

    on claiming by phone need to no more about work search application it didnt let report all job aplications.

  38. Jerry says:

    Social Security disability benefit is based on your lifetime earnings before you are considered as disability to claim. Remember it is not based on the severity of your disability.

    If you go back to work after you start receiving your disability benefit, you may be able to get a higher benefit based on your earnings.

    It is also reviewed on your medical condition from time to time. If you have more than one disabling condition, then you will be considered as impaired while reviewing your case.

  39. lynda lowry says:

    If you are receiving disability from social security and have been working and your employer has been paying into the state of Oregon for unemployment benefits on your behalf; can you file a claim because your employer doesn’t have work scheduled for you until additional contracts are awarded in a couple of months? Thank you for your time.

    • rashmi says:

      yes, you can apply for the benefit considering that:

      -You must be unemployed or working less than full time
      -You must meet certain income requirements
      -You must be ready, willing, and able to work
      -You must have involuntarily left your job

      In general, you won’t be eligible for benefits if:

      -You quit your job simply because you didn’t like it
      -You’re fired for committing a crime (e.g., stealing)
      -You’ve never worked before

      It depends on your current situation, job status, qualification.. The best way is to call the unemployment office and find out exactly what the specific would be…

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