Oregon Unemployment Eligibility

Following are the monetary and non-monetary eligibility required for qualifying for UI in Oregon.

Monetary eligibility

Eligibility is decided based on a one year period called as the base period which is the first 4 of the last 5 calendar quarters completed at the time you file your initial claim. To qualify for UI

monetarily you must –

  • Earn at least $1,000 in wages during the base period. This amount is subject to UI law. You must also have total base year wages that add up to or equal one and half times the wages earned during the highest quarter of the base period.


  • Worked at least 500 hrs and earned wages subject to  UI law during the base year.

Non-monetary eligibility

Following are the non monetary eligibility criteria to qualify for UI in Oregon

  • Candidate must be unemployed through no mistake of theirs
  • Applicant must be able, willing and available to perform full time work
  • Unless seeking work elsewhere, claimant must be residing at the address of permanent residence for major portion of the week
  • If you were fired or if you quit, reasons behind this should be genuine and pressing
  • Claimants must actively seek new job opportunities and must register themselves with any job hunt systems

Eligibility questions

If I was fired from my job, will I qualify for UI in Oregon?

In most cases, being fired because of an action of yours, will almost instantly disqualify you from UI benefits.

However, the law understands that in some cases the employee is innocent and that the termination of his employment is at the will of the employer. If you were fired for reasons like discrimination or any such criminal intent, you will be eligible for UI.

However, you must be able to prove to the authorities that you were unfairly fired. Termination with just causes, which means causes that can be attributed to your behaviour or actions, eg timeliness, lack of discipline etc will never be excused.

Will I be eligible for UI if I got laid off from work?

Yes. Most probably. Getting laid off means that the employer let you go for reasons like lack of work or cost cutting. This means that you had no role in your termination and that it was not due to your fault. You stand a very good chance to qualify for UI in such a  scenario.

However, losing a job through no mistake of yours is not the only criterion. Claimants will also have to meet the other monetary and non-monetary eligibility criteria.

What would cause the delay of my benefit check or approval for UI?

Benefit checks will be issued only after you are deemed eligible. Some of the issues that could delay your approval or you not receiving benefit checks are as follows:

  • Avoiding an opportunity to work in a specific week
  • Refusing suitable job offer
  • Refusing an employer to whom you were referred by the Oregon WorkSource office
  • Failing to appear for meetings with WorkSource office
  • Not meeting job search requirements
  • Injury/illness
  • Attending school
  • Not being available in the state add
  • Receiving income from sources such as vacation pay, severance pay, pension etc
  • Not restarting your claim after skipping a week
  • Provide false or fabricated information on one of your forms

If an issue is encountered with your application, you will be notified about it via e-mail or telephone. To avoid unnecessary delays, clear the issue off at the earliest.

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  1. Do Tribal employers on a federally recognized Indian Reservation pay Unemployment Taxes for non-Tribal workers? Are such workers (non-Tribal employed by Tribal business, otherwise located within the boundaries of the state of Oregon) eligible for Oregon unemployment benefits? Note: the employee live in Oregon, off-reservation.

    1. Dani,

      I suggest you reach out to the Unemployment Office in your state for specific answer to your question.

  2. I am considering quitting my job, one I have held for a year and a half. I am thinking about quitting due to a toxic work environment, and my manager’s dishonesty. My manager, after requesting a specific set of hours, switched up my schedule each month, varying my hours between 12-20, below the 20-25 I requested. This has occurred every month for a majority of the year. I believe this is some sort of retaliation, though I cannot be sure. I have also experienced being berated in front of customers, and being treated as though I were a child. Unfortunately, going to the store’s owner, or HR is not an option. This is a family-run company, with three brothers being in charge, and bringing up any concerns will just result in more retaliation. Is there any way I can quit and receive unemployment? Or do I even have a case?

    1. Autumn,

      You can be eligible to claim UI benefits under hostile working conditions. However, you should be able to prove your stance in case of a dispute. I suggest you call the Unemployment Office before deciding.

  3. I was a contract graphic designer at a corporation that hired me through a recruiting agency. The corporation ended my contract two months early due to financial hardships. My contract was an ‘at will’ type (which means that either party can end it at any time for any reason) – so will I still qualify for unemployment benefits due to the early layoff?

    1. Kaytie,

      “Contract” workers do not generally qualify to claim UI benefits since employers’ do not remit Unemployment Taxes. Please check with your employer.

  4. I am quitting my job as a Maintenance Technician in the fuel storage terminal business after 29 years of service due to the high demand of physical activity and I am no longer able to preform all my job requirements due to health conditions of foot neuropathy, emphysema and neck, back and knee injuries. I need to seek new work in a less physical requirement field. Will I be eligible to receive unemployment benefits while not working?

    1. Donald,

      You might be eligible to claim under “Hostile” work conditions. Please call the Unemployment Office for clarification before resigning.

  5. After being fired I applied for benefits. When I was let go, my employer really didn’t give me a good reason. I later found out, from the adjudicator, that my boss thought I was snarky. Can I be denied UI because my boss thought I was sarcastic?

    1. It completely depends on how you want to turn it around in your favor. Please go ahead and build a solid case/argument.

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