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ANNOUNCEMENT: Our phone lines are currently unable to receive incoming calls, including our PUA, Contact Center, UI Tax and other lines. Our staff are still able to make outgoing calls, so please be sure answer all phone calls. We are actively working to resolve this issue. We apologize for the inconvenience and will update you when we are able to receive incoming calls again.

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The Oregon Employment Department has begun paying the ‘waiting week’ benefit for eligible Oregonians who received regular unemployment benefits since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Get more information, including how much money you can expect to receive here

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Restarting Your Claim

With increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases in Oregon and a state-wide two-week freeze, some Oregonians who have gone back to work may need to file for unemployment benefits again. Learn more about how to restart your claim and/or move to a new benefit program here:

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IMPORTANT: If you received unemployment benefits between July 26-Sept. 5 because you were impacted by COVID-19, you’re likely eligible for LWA. Self-certify today so that you may receive LWA benefits.

If you received LWA benefits and did NOT self-certify, please do so as soon as possible. Otherwise, those payments will be considered an overpayment.

If you have already certified for LWA, you do not need to take any additional action. We are working to issue your payment(s) as soon as we can.

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Did you lose income due to COVID-19?
Have your hours been cut?

You may qualify for unemployment benefits to partly replace your lost earnings.

This is not a type of public assistance.

Anyone who is authorized to work in the U.S. may be eligible.

Looking for a job or retraining? Find WorkSource services in your area.

CARES Act and COVID-19

The CARES Act is a new federal law, signed March 27, 2020. It makes it so more people can get unemployment benefits than ever before. Especially people affected by COVID-19. This new law did three main things:

  1. Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). Self-employed people and others who are not eligible for regular unemployment benefits—and who are out of work due to COVID-19—can now get PUA, a new unemployment benefits program (ends December 26, 2020). Take the Eligibility Quiz to see if you may qualify. Apply now. Learn more.
  2. Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC). Everyone getting any type of unemployment benefits gets an extra $600/week (for each eligible week from March 29, 2020 - July 25, 2020). Learn more.
  3. Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC). If your regular unemployment benefits run out, you may be able to get extended benefits for up to 13 more weeks (ends December 26, 2020). Learn more.

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