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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. My employer is eliminating the position I was hired for two years ago but offered me a position in which I would have to work swing and graveyard. I am in graduate school and have a minor child at home (single parent). Can I file for unemployment due to the fact the position/hours I was fired for is being eliminated?

    • Depends. Voluntary resignation usually does not qualify for UI benefits. But then, you have a genuine reason.

      If you decide to leave, please consider applying for UI benefits until you find a new job.

    • UI benefits are extended to those who are available to work. Pregnancy is usually not considered as a qualifier.

  2. I am a part-time instructor for a community college. I am scheduled to teach two classes (the same two classes I regularly teach each term) this Spring. However it looks like those classes will be cancelled due to low enrollment. Will I be eligible for unemployment if those classes get cancelled?


    • Part time employed are eligible to claim UI benefits. Please go ahead and consider filing for UI benefits.

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