Do I Qualify for Unemployment Insurance Benefits?
If you were laid off or your employer reduced your hours, you may qualify for unemployment insurance benefits.
Anyone who is authorized to work in the U.S. may be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits.
To find out if you may qualify, take the eligibility quiz below. If you are unsure about your eligibility, you should still apply, because the quiz is only a general guide, and each worker’s situation is unique. The fastest way is to apply online through the Online Claim System.
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Unemployment Insurance Eligibility Quiz
This quiz is a general guide. Each situation is unique, and unemployment insurance experts review each claim we receive to determine eligibility.
- Did you work at least 500 hours or get paid at least $1,000 by an employer during your “base year?” Your base year is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters before the week you file your initial claim.
- If you file your initial claim in January, February or March 2023, your base year is October 1, 2021, through September 30, 2022.
- If you file your initial claim in April, May or June 2023, your base year is January 1, 2022, through December 31, 2022.
- If you file your initial claim in July, August or September 2023, your base year is April 1, 2022, through March 31, 2023.
- If you file your initial claim in October, November or December 2023, your base year is July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023.
- Did you work in Oregon at someone else’s company sometime in the past 18 months?
- Are you able to work? “Able to work” means you are mentally and physically able to work.
- Are you available for work? “Available for work” means you are able to work without restrictions that would prevent you from accepting work (for example: you are not prevented from working because of transportation issues, illness, vacations, or lack of childcare).
- Were you laid off, or were your work hours cut back?
- Were you discharged from the military in the last 18 months and either are living in Oregon or are regularly working or looking for work in Oregon?
- Do none of the statements below apply to you? (If none apply, your answer is "Yes.")
- I was fired and it was my fault.
- I am on strike from my employer.
- I am on a leave of absence from my job.
- I am still working full time.
If you answered Yes to most of these questions, you likely qualify for unemployment insurance benefits in Oregon. Learn more about applying for benefits.