Return to Work Resources
The Oregon Employment Department, in partnership with WorkSource Oregon, is here to support you as our economy rebuilds and businesses reopen. We know that a lot of Oregonians are looking for jobs, exploring new training opportunities, or discovering a new career path. Our WorkSource Oregon staff can provide one-on-one help with your job search.
Oregon’s workforce is resilient, and our state is coming back stronger than ever. You are a critical part of these efforts!
Your Work Search Requirements (UI & PEUC)
The law says that people getting regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) or Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) benefits must look for work. You must complete certain work search requirements. These requirements were paused during the pandemic. They are being phased back in this summer.
If you do not do your requirements by your deadline, your benefits may stop.
Work Search Requirement
Rolling basis. You will get a letter with your deadline.
Starting July 31, 2021
Rolling basis for some claimants only. You will get a letter with your deadline if you are selected for a Welcome Conversation.
1. Register and complete a Job Seeker profile in iMatchSkills.org.
This will help us let you know about job openings that match your skills and career preferences. It’s also a way for employers to find you. There are two steps to registering in iMatchSkills®. You must complete BOTH steps by your deadline for your benefits to continue:
Step 1: Complete your registration. Provide some basic information about yourself.
Step 2: Create your Job Seeker profile in iMatchSkills®. This includes your work history and the types of jobs you are looking for. This will help match you to job opportunities.
If you need help in a language other than English, call the WorkSource Oregon Language Access Line at 833-685-0845.
2. Report on your weekly unemployment claim that you are able to work,
available to work, AND actively seeking work.
Able to work means you are mentally and physically able to do the work you’re looking for.
Available to work means you must be willing and able to:
Accept full-time, part-time and temporary work.
Work all of the days and hours normal for the type of work you’re looking for.
Accept the normal rate of pay for that type of work.
Commute a reasonable distance for the type of work you’re looking for.
Available to work also means you can work without limitations that would prevent you from accepting work. Limitations can include transportation issues, illness, vacations, or lack of childcare. (Childcare concerns? COVID concerns? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions.)
Actively seeking work (ASW) means you completed at least five work-seeking activities each week that you claim benefits. It includes looking for work and contacting employers who hire people with your experience, training, and skills.
Everyone getting regular UI or PEUC must start seeking work during the week of July 25, 2021 and report their work search details when making weekly claims starting Aug. 1, 2021. If you do not report work-seeking activities when filing your weekly claim beginning Aug. 1, your benefits will stop.
Work-seeking activities include:
Making direct contact with an employer
Going to hiring events or workshops
Updating your resume
Looking at job placement websites or newspapers without responding to a job posting
At least two of the five work-seeking activities each week must be direct contact with employers. This means contacting them in person, by phone, by mail, or online to ask about or apply for work.
We have a video that explains how to actively seek work while claiming UI benefits: youtube.com/watch?v=5PUQHx63YpQ.
Learn more in our frequently asked questions.
3. Have a Welcome Conversation with a WorkSource Oregon staff member.
You may get a letter with an invitation to have a welcome conversation with our WorkSource career experts. If you receive a letter, it will give you a deadline and instructions on how to complete this conversation. If you do not receive a letter, you can still call and take advantage of a one-on-one conversation to help with your job search. WorkSource Oregon staff provide one-on-one help to match you to jobs you’d be good at and enjoy doing. Research shows that people who use WorkSource employment services return to work faster and earn more money than those who don’t.
At WorkSource, you can:
Get a one-on-one career coach
Apply for jobs
Learn about free training to help you advance in your career or learn a new industry
Explore paid internships, apprenticeships, on-the-job training, GED programs, college classes, and more
Take workshops on resumes, computer skills, interviewing, social media networking, and more
Use computers, internet, phones, fax, copiers, and printers in the public Resource Rooms
Get help with housing, transportation, childcare, food, internet access, tuition, textbooks, school fees, identification, work clothes and tools, and more
Call the WorkSource office that’s closest to you:
- WorkSource Oregon Language Access Line: 833-685-0845
- Albany, Dallas, Lebanon, McMinnville, Salem, Woodburn: 503-378-4846
- Astoria, St Helens, Tillamook: 503-842-4488
- Beaverton/Hillsboro, Gresham, North Portland, SE Portland, Tigard: 503-280-6046
- Coos, Curry and Douglas Counties: 541-440-3344
- Corvallis, Lincoln City, Newport: 541-757-4261
- Eugene, Florence: 541-686-7601
Grants Pass: 541-476-1187
- Oregon City: 971-673-6400
- Bend, Prineville, Redmond, The Dalles – 541-388-6070
- Klamath Falls: 541-857-2282
- Baker City - 541-684-2630
- Newport: 541-757-4122
- Lincoln City: 541-791-5707
- Brookings: 541-469-9836
**Optional** Check out these special programs.
We have special programs that you may want to look into. Please note they each have different eligibility requirements and partially make up for lost wages. Some of them require the employer to sign up so employees can participate in them.
Training Unemployment Insurance (TUI): Get training or go to school while still getting UI benefits.
Apprenticeship Training Program (APT): Complete an apprenticeship while still getting UI benefits.
Self-Employment Assistance (SEA): Start your own business AND still get UI benefits.
Trade Act Programs. Get extra UI benefits if you lost your job due to foreign competition.
Pacific Maritime Association (PMA): Get extra UI benefits to partially make up for lost wages if you are a member of the Pacific Maritime Association and in a union.
Work Share. Businesses can avoid layoffs during a slow-down in business. They cut your hours, and you get UI benefits to partially make up for the lost wages.