Oregon, Washington unemployment numbers keep climbing

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The unemployment numbers in Washington and Oregon continue to climb in the ongoing pandemic that has cost 36 million Americans across the country their jobs in the past 8 weeks. Washington For the week of May 3-9, Washington saw total overall claims increase 20% from the previous week. In raw numbers, […]

Nearly 20K file new unemployment claims in Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A total of 19,600 new unemployment claims were filed in Oregon between April 26 and May 2, the Oregon Employment Department announced Thursday. That brings the total number of Oregonians who sought unemployment benefits since the pandemic began in mid-March is around 381,800. Authorities said 83% of those who filed claims […]

OED: ‘To unemployed Oregonians still waiting, we apologize’

The heads of the Oregon Employment Department and the family and medical leave insurance division testified to an Oregon House committee on what’s being done to clear up the backlog of unemployment claims in the state — and apologized to claimants.

Unemployed mom of 4: ‘Feel like I’m drowning’

Acknowledging that “for too many Oregonians” unemployment claims are backlogged, the director of the Oregon Employment Department announced a new effort and procedures to process that backlog as quickly as possible.

‘Unacceptable’: 2 months with no unemployment benefits

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — People laid off as a result of the coronavirus pandemic are still struggling to received benefits from the Oregon Employment Department. One man said he has now gone two months without a paycheck.

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