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Oregon Unemployment Job Search Requirements

Updated : June 21st, 2019

1. If you are not expecting to return to work for your last employers:

You must be able to work, available for work and actively seeking work during each week claimed.  This includes being available for and actively seeking full-time, part-time, permanent and temporary work.

2. If you are returning to work for your last employer, but not within 4 weeks, or you are unsure of when you will be returning to work:

You need to stay in contact with that employer and begin to seek other work immediately.  This includes being available for and actively seeking full-time, part-time permanent and temporary work.

3. If you are temporarily laid off and have definite date to return to work within 4 weeks for your regular employer:

In these circumstances, you are considered to be actively seeking work if you stay in touch with your employer.  If you find that you will not be returning to work with your employer, or if you are going to be out of work for more than 4 weeks you must begin seeking full-time, part-time, permanent and temporary work immediately.

4. If you are affiliated with a closed referral labor union (one that does not allow its members to seek work on their own), get all your work through a union hiring hall, and are a member in good standing:

You are considered to be actively seeking work by staying in touch with your union.

5. If you are affiliated with a labor union (one that allows its members to seek work on their own) and you do not have a definite date to return to work:

You are considered to be actively seeking work by staying in touch with your union and contacting employers within your trade.

Keep detailed written records of your work search. This means:

  • Employer names,
  • Addresses,
  • Phone numbers,
  • Dates contacted,
  • Names of individuals contacted, and
  • Type of work sought

In addition, you must fully register for work with electronic job match system (iMatchSkills®). You are exempt from this requirement if you are union-attached or have a return to work date with your regular employer within four weeks from your last day worked.

  1. So should i be looking for work if im laid off right now due to COVID-19?Basicly everything is shut down except a grocery store here and there and a gas station.

    1. Deann,

      We understand this might be a difficult time for you. We’re anticipating a shortage of staff across unemployment offices due to the massive surge in UI applications considering the pandemic. We advise against calling or visiting the office, as you may not get a response instantly.

      Your state may have activated “Extended Benefits (EB)” authorized by the federal government. We recommend you apply for UI benefits online. For more information, please visit your state’s official Unemployment website.

  2. If someone is from a closed referral, non-union apprenticeship program that dispatches the apprentice out to an employer, the apprentice is not allowed to find their own employment, they get all their work through the apprenticeship program, are in good standing… how do they get unemployment? Marking the in a Union box on the application is not accurate. The apprentice must go to school and cannot work any where else while they await a new employer dispatch. My apprentices are getting denied. I’ve called three times to get a solution for my folks but an told only Union apprentice employees do not have to look for work. Can a manager please call me?

    1. Katrina,

      I will let someone with similar experience/situation answer this question for you. Please note this is a private forum and we will not be able to arrange a callback. Please reach out to the Unemployment Office directly.

  3. I claimed a week and its saying I hit a button like worked. I did not work so what do I do. I doubled checked everything before I sent it. Do I just call them

  4. I had tried claiming for week before last and something went wrong with my.I broke cell phone so had to run into town a a hot spot .I ended up claiming a few minetes late on Friday so it wont let me claim either week Ive been calling and calling the number so I could speak to someone but lines are buzy I know “onday” can I still claim both? 1

    1. You will receive the payment only if your claim was registered. We suggest you claim online for hassle-free management of claims.

  5. Once my temp assignment ends, how often do I need to check in with the temp agency to maintain benefit eligibility?

  6. If you are temporarily laid off and have definite date to return to work within 4 weeks for your regular employer:

    In these circumstances, you are considered to be actively seeking work if you stay in touch with your employer. If you find that you will not be returning to work with your employer, or if you are going to be out of work for more than 4 weeks you must begin seeking full-time, part-time, permanent and temporary work immediately.

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