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Updated : February 22nd, 2022

Oregon Unemployment Benefits

The Unemployment Insurance in Oregon is designed to compensate a part of the wages lost by the applicants for no fault of their own. You may apply for unemployment benefits if you were laid off from work or if your working hours.

Know more about the Unemployment Insurance (UI) policy in the state of Oregon and all the important information you need to know while filing for unemployment benefits.

Eligibility To Apply For UI Benefits In Oregon

To be eligible to receive unemployment benefits in the state of Oregon, you must display qualifications in wages earned during the base period, the reason for separating from the previous organization and the manner in which eligibility is maintained throughout the benefit period.

Monetary Eligibility

In order to gain monetary eligibility in Oregon, you must have earned a sufficient amount of wages in the base period.

A base period is a one year period divided into the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters. The calculation of the base period will depend on the date on which you file for unemployment benefits.

Also, a quarter is a three-month period, wherein a base-year will consist of four completed calendar quarters. A calendar quarter usually ends on March 31, June 30, September 30, or December 31.

To be qualified for unemployment benefits in Oregon, the following conditions must be met:

  • You must have received a minimum of $1000 in subject wages during the base period. Subject wages are the earnings of the applicant on which your employer has paid UI taxes
  • The total wages earned during the base period must be at least 1.5 times more than the wages earned during the quarter in which you earned the highest amount of wages


You worked for a minimum of 500 hours and received subject wages in your previous job.

The state of Oregon uses two approaches to calculate wages to find out if you are eligible for benefits or not. As per the standard base period, the wages you earned during the first four of the last five calendar quarters will be considered.

If you do not meet the requirements using the standard base period, your wages will automatically be calculated using the alternative base period. In this, the wages you earned in the previous four calendar quarters from the date of your application for benefits will be considered for qualification.

In the state of Oregon, the weekly benefit amount will be 1.25% of the total base year gross income you earned. The Weekly Benefit Amount (WBA), however, will not exceed the minimum and maximum limit set by the authorities. The maximum WBA provided in Oregon is $538, and the minimum WBA is $126.

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Job Separation

It is important for the applicants to promptly disclose the reason for separating from the previous organization. The laws in Oregon dictate that you will only be eligible for unemployment benefits if you lost your previous job due to no fault of your own.

The state describes various types of work separations to help define the nature of job-separation clearly:

Lack of Work: You were laid-off from your employer due to a shortage of work, and that the employer had no work to give you. This may arise due to the closure of business, downsizing the staff, or temporary shutdown due to maintenance.

Leave of Absence: You are considered to be on a leave of absence if your employer is given you some time away from work, such as maternity leave, medical leave, or leaves granted for any other personal reasons.

Voluntary Leaving Work:You voluntarily decide to part ways from your previous employer without any good cause. This implies that there was no shortage or stoppage of work and that you were separated from work based on your own volition.


You were terminated or discharged from work if the employer did not face shortage or stoppage of work, but yet wouldn’t allow you to continue to work in your organization.

The primary rule in Oregon is that you must not have lost your job as a result of your own fault, and there must be a good cause attributable to the employer. Failing to meet this requirement may lead to your candidature for UI benefits being disqualified.

Also, providing false or misleading information regarding job-separation may lead to the stoppage of the benefits to you, and you may also have to pay the benefits received with interest and penalty. The state of Oregon considers such misleading attempts as a fraud.

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Eligibility requirements – overview

Maintaining Eligibility

You will gain eligibility for Oregon unemployment benefits once you establish that you’ve earned the stipulated amount of wages in the base period and you lost your last job for no fault of your own. Receiving your weekly benefit amount, however, will depend on you fulfilling the following conditions:

  • You must be physically and mentally able to work throughout the benefit period
  • You must be available for work in the entire duration of the benefit period. If at any time you become unavailable for work, you must intimate the concerned department promptly
  • You should be actively seeking employment opportunities
  • You must consult at least five prospective employers each week as a part of the job-search requirement
  • You must submit a report on the job-search requirement exercise, whereby you inform about – date of contact, name of the company, contact details of the company, online job posting ID number (if applicable), type of work applied for, mode of contact (phone, email, online resume submission etc.), and the result of the contact
  • You must not reject any job offers made to you with a ‘good cause’. You must explain the cause to the concerned department, which will make a decision if the reason for rejection is good or not

You must submit all this information every week when you apply for weekly benefits. Failure to submit any of the necessary documents will lead to discontinuation of the benefit amount. The concerned department will also conduct audits to verify if your documents and explanations are genuine. If it is found that you’ve submitted false or misleading information, you will face consequences ranging from non-payment of benefits to facing fraud charges.

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How To Apply For UI Benefits In Oregon?

To apply for unemployment benefits in Oregon, you must possess the following documents:

  • A valid social security number
  • A driving license or any other ID provided by the state
  • Recent paystubs received from your last employer during the base period to determine your WBA
  • Name and contact details of your previous organization and your previous employer
  • SF08 and SF50 along with your Federal Employee Identification Number if you were a federal employee
  • DD-214 along with the start date and end date of employment if you were ex-military personnel

You may apply for benefits in Oregon through the following means:


Claiming for benefits on the Online Claims System is the most convenient way in the state of Oregon. This online portal not only allows you to claim for weekly benefits but also provides other services.

You can restart a previous claim, update your address, change/reset the PIN, view up to five years of your 1099G forms, and pay the overpayments if due using the Online Claims System. The Online Claims System is functional on all the seven days of the week. The service is available round the clock, except from 12:30 AM to 2:00 AM every day due to system maintenance.


If you are looking for another way to apply for benefits, you may do so by placing a phone call to connect with the Weekly Claim Line.

You may contact Weekly Claim Line centers that are closer to you from the following:

Center Phone Number
Portland Area (503) 224-0405
Greater Salem Area (503) 375-7900
Eastern/Central Oregon/Bend (541) 388-4066
TOLL-FREE (800) 982-8920

How To File Weekly Claims

Once you submit your application, you will receive The Wage and Potential Benefit Report through the mail. You must go through the document carefully and verify all the information provided in the document.

If there are any discrepancies in the report’s information, instructions regarding rectifying the mistake will be given within the form, which you will be expected to follow.

The report will also contain Customer Identification Number (CID), which is a unique number assigned to you. This number will be used on all the documents concerning your application to safeguard your identity. You will need CID while using both online and telephonic services.

You will also be asked to create a four-digit Personal Identification Number (PIN) at the time you file a claim application. You will need to sue the PIN when you make use of any automated systems.

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The Unemployment Insurance Benefits Calculator assists you to find out the approximate UI Benefits amount that you may receive in the state of Oregon.

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Things To Know After Filing An Application

You must be aware of certain information as they begin to receive their weekly benefits every week. Lack of information may sometimes lead you to situations where break rules inadvertently or miss opportunities that may have helped you in your career.

Overpayments and Fraud

The state of Oregon stresses on distributing the resources among the applicants fairly and without any malpractice. If you happen to receive benefits amount that wasn’t intended for you, you will be affecting the fair distribution of the funds.

When you receive a share of benefits that was not intended to you, this will be considered as an overpayment. Note that if you receive an overpayment, you are liable to pay the excessive amount back.

When you receive an overpayment, you will receive a notice from the concerned department, which will contain repayment details and your right to appeal. The notice will also contain the administrative decision ascertaining the reason for the overpayment.

Some of the reasons that can result in an overpayment:

  • Incorrectly reporting the wages you’ve earned during the base period
  • Providing a false reason for job-separation
  • A decision reversed by an appeal
  • Payments made by the department to you prior to coming across an issue with your application
  • Your WBA is reduced due to a correction imposed on your base period based on your base period wages

In the case of overpayment, you may choose the following ways to pay back the excessive amount in Oregon:

  • Wage garnishment
  • Property liens
  • Interception of state and federal income tax refunds

If an applicant willfully provides false information or misrepresents facts in order to get UI benefits, it will be considered as fraud. The state of Oregon takes the cases of fraud seriously, and it will be dealt with severely, where the repercussions range from paying high penalties to facing prosecution.

Some of the examples of fraud are:

  • Presenting false/fake documents to gain eligibility for unemployment benefits in Oregon
  • Providing false information or withholding information on turning down jobs during the benefits weeks
  • Misquoting the wages you’ve earned during your base period
  • Providing false/misleading reasons for job-separations
  • Filing for benefits when you were not able to or available to work
  • Filing for benefits when you were in jail

Benefits Extension

The state offers benefits extension only when the unemployment rate is high. Visit or call the concerned authorities to know more about the current available Oregon Reemployment Assistance plans.

Job Training Assistance

The state of Oregon provides various avenues to look for jobs and apprenticeship programs to help applicants land on their feet at the earliest. The state also provides opportunities for the applicants to improve their skill sets through various training programs to make them better in their area of expertise.

WorkSource Oregon (WSO) is a network of local and state service providers which helps those who are looking for jobs by helping them find appropriate jobs or by providing training services.

The WorkSource Oregon does not charge any fee and all services are provided free of cost. Some of the services provided by WSO are:

  • WSO provides assistance for military veterans
  • WSO provides resume and cover letter resources 
  • You can also prepare for future interviews in a WSO center
  • You can receive regularly updated job-opening information
  • WSO provides skill and career assessment services
  • You can seek help with WSO if you lost your job due to foreign trade
  • The centers also provide specialized services for migrant workers, seasonal workers, and people with disabilities
  • You can also access materials such as books, self-help guides, and videos relating to career building activities
  • The WSO center also hosts local training providers, which includes skill building and job training

The state of Oregon also provides services such as the Career Information System (CIS), which allows you to take assessments to let you know what occupation suits you best.

You can also log in to to get more information on wages, occupation and industry information, and workforce and economic research publications.

The state of Oregon also provides an online tool called iMatchSkills, wherein you can use this tool to find out which potential occupation will suit you best. The tool uses your skills and work history to determine what kind of job will be more suitable for you.

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Oregon Office Locations and Phone Numbers

Make note of the following contact details, which you may need during your benefit period:

OR Unemployment Office Phone Numbers

Weekly claims - Bend, Madras,Prineville, Redmond 541-388-4066
Weekly claims - Dallas, Salem local area 503-375-7900
Weekly Claims - Newberg, Portland, Woodburn 503-224-0405
All other locations (800) 982-8920
TTY Relay Service 711
UI Center - Portland (503) 292-2057
UI Center - Salem (503) 947-1500
UI Center - Bend (541) 388-6207
UI Center - All other locations (877) 345-3484
Child Support - Salem area (503) 373-7300
Child Support - Toll-Free in Oregon (800) 850-0228
Child Support - Outside Oregon (503) 378-5567
Child Support - TTY - Outside Oregon (800) 735-2900
ReliaCard® - Customer Service 1-855-279-1270
Fraud Hotline (877)668-3204

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Frequently Asked Question

Q. How do I get my Personal Identification Number (PIN)?
You can select a Personal Identification Number (PIN) when you first submit your initial unemployment application - online or by telephone. You will have to 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. If you forget it, you will be asked to reset the PIN. Make note that you are responsible for the security of your PIN, so do not share it with anyone whatsoever.
Q. How do I get my Claimant Identification Number (CID)?
Your Claimant Identification Number (CID) is a number assigned to you at the time you submitted the application for UI benefits in Oregon. You will need to use it on the documents sent to you by the concerned department as a way to safeguard your claim and Social Security number from identity theft.
Your CID will be asked when you intend 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.
Q. 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.
Q. 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.
Q. What is the procedure to start or stop tax withholding?
Applicants can choose to have state or federal taxes, both, or neither withheld from the amount they receive. They can change their withholding after filing for the claim. Tax regulations, however, 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 (503)-947-1335. Be sure to include your name and either Social Security number or customer ID number (CID).
Q. Can the Department reduce the benefits for child support payments?
The department can reduce the benefits for child support payments. In the event, you owe child support payments and there is a court order requiring deductions, a percentage is deducted from your benefits each week. The deductions continue until the court notifies us to stop.
Q. How is my weekly benefit amount calculated?
Your weekly benefit amount is 1.25% of the total base year gross earnings. The state of Oregon mandates that it will not be less than the minimum or more than the maximum amounts you can receive.
Q. How long do benefits last?
Your benefit year is a 52 week period that begins the first week you file. You may receive total benefits up to 26 times your weekly benefit amount. You can’t file a new Oregon claim until your benefit year is up, even if you’ve received all of your benefits.
Q. Will I be eligible for UI benefits if I started my own business?
Running your own business will stand as a direct contradiction to the condition that you must be available for work. You must report any self-employment activities to the UI Center, even if you don’t have earnings from it. Failure to report such details to the department will result in overpayment and penalties.

Questions & Answers

  1. 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

    • 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.

  2. 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,

    • 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.

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


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

  6. 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?

  7. 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 ?

  8. 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

  9. 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)?

  10. 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.

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

    • 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.

  12. 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?

    • 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.

  13. 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.

    • 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.

  14. 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

    • 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.

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

    • 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.

  16. 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.

    • Hi Todd,

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

  17. 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

  18. 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?

    • 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.

  19. 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?

    • 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.

    • 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.

  20. 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?

  21. 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.

  22. 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?

  23. 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?

  24. 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.

  25. 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?

  26. 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?

  27. 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?

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

    • 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.

  29. 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

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

    • 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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