Oregon Unemployment Guide

If you've recently lost your job in Oregon, you may be eligible for Oregon Unemployment Insurance benefits. This is a guide to filing your claim for Oregon unemployment benefits. Since each situation may have its own unique circumstances, make sure you check with the contact numbers and websites listed below to make sure you get the maximum benefits you can claim.

Filing for Unemployment:

Unemployed Oregon workers can file an initial claim for unemployment benefits one of two ways:

  1. Online – File your initial unemployment claim online
  2. Telephone – File your unemployment claim at 877-877-1781 (Portland area), 877-728-7970 (Southwest Oregon), or 800-663-7914 (East of the Cascade Mountains)

File your claim right away after you've stopped working – don't delay. Your claim starts the week you file. Unemployment benefits are not retroactive, so if you delay you may lose benefits.

  • Name, address & phone
  • SSN & date of birth
  • Name, address, phone number, gross earnings, occupation, dates worked, and reason for separation for all employers for the past 18 months
  • If you were discharged from the military in the last 18 months, you'll need Copy #4 of your DD Form 214
  • If you were a Federal employee in the last 18 months, you'll need SF 8 or SF 50 (or W2 or pay stubs)
  • If you are not a US Citizen, you'll need your Alien Registration Number, expiration, and type

After filing your initial unemployment claim, you will receive a Wage and Potential Benefit Report, describing benefits, eligibility and giving additional information.

You must register for the work on the Oregon electronic job match system (iMatchSkills) at www.iMatchSkills.org.

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Filing Your Weekly Claim:

Oregon weekly unemployment benefits are based on approximately 1.25% of your total base year wages, with a minimum of $115/week to a maximum $493 per week. Federal Additional Compensation (FAC) currently adds an additional $25 per week to your benefit.

Unemployed Oregon workers can file weekly unemployment claims one of two ways:

  1. Online – File your initial unemployment claim online
  2. Telephone – File your unemployment claim using by calling your local Oregon Employment Department Office

Beware of the Waiting Week. Your first week of benefits is called a "waiting week" – this means you will not be paid benefits during your first week of eligibility, but you must still file a claim to get credit for waiting.

Your first unemployment claim benefit is paid by check - you should expect payment within three weeks. After the initial payment, all furure unemployment benefits are paid by direct deposit or on a debit card. If you submit your claim on Sunday or Monday, you should expect payment by Tuesday. Otherwise, allow 1-2 business days from filing until your benefits are paid.

Unemployment Benefits:

Health care benefits may also be available through the Health Coverage Tax Credit - Check COBRA and The IRS for details.

Oregon workers may be eligible for online career assistance. You may also find career and training assistance at Oregon's Workforce Centers.

Filing for extensions:

If an extended benefit period is declared, based on unemployment rates, and it appears that you qualify, you will be notified with instructions to extend your unemployment benefits.

Ending Unemployment:

When you return to work, file for credit for the remaining few days you didn't work, and report wages earned for the week. Then, just stop filing - when you stop weekly filing, your unemployment benefits automatically end.


Make sure to keep a copy of your work search record. You may be required to supply copies to the Oregon Employment Department.

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