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The U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) recently released rule changes to the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program (PUA) that expands the reasons a person may qualify for benefits.

In Oregon, we’ve already been allowing people to get benefits in many of those situations, but there are some areas where we will need to make changes. We are analyzing the rule changes and are working to make programming updates so we can quickly get benefits out to more people needing financial help.

For more information on what we’ve been doing and what’s changing, visit the Continued Assistance Act (CAA) landing page.

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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 March 13, 2021). 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 $300/week (for each eligible week from December 27, 2020 until March 13, 2021). 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 March 13, 2021). Learn more.


The Oregon Employment Department and the Oregon Law Center announced they have submitted a proposed settlement in a class action lawsuit. The suit, filed by fourteen Oregonians who waited weeks or months for unemployment benefits, sought to resolve issues related to timeliness challenges and language barriers faced by Oregonians filing for unemployment benefits through the Employment Department. All settlement reports can be found here.

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