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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 in 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!

Important Dates You Need to Know

It is important that everyone getting regular UI or PEUC benefits knows that certain requirements were paused or changed during the pandemic. Requirements like being able to work, actively looking for work, being available for work, and registering for work in our iMatchSkills® system.*

These requirements will soon start back up again. You will need to meet the requirements by a certain date to keep getting benefits. You don’t have to wait to get a notice from us to get help finding work. You can follow the steps below now.

Regular UI or PEUC iMatchSkills Registration Requirements

Saturday, June 19, 2021 - The deadline for the FIRST group of claimants to complete Customer Registration and their iMatchSkills® account so they can continue receiving benefits.

  • We are notifying claimants in waves to ensure everyone can get through to us with questions. Each claimant group will be notified of their deadline. Watch for a letter from us specifying YOUR deadline.

  • If you do NOT register by your deadline, your benefits will be denied. If you miss the deadline and then register in iMatchSkills®, the denial may be reversed and your benefits will be paid if you are eligible for the week.

Work Search Requirements for regular UI, PEUC, and PUA*

Sunday, July 25, 2021 through Saturday, July 31, 2021 - The first week you are required to report work-seeking activities on your weekly claim to continue receiving benefits.

  • Regular UI and PEUC claimants will be required to report their work-seeking activities on their weekly certification for any week they want to receive benefits going forward. For more information on what qualifies as a work-seeking activity, view our FAQ.
    • You may also be selected to meet with WorkSource Oregon staff, virtually or in-person, to complete a Welcome Conversation. We will mail you a letter if you are selected for a Welcome Conversation.

    • If you are selected for a Welcome Conversation and do NOT complete the tasks by your assigned deadline, your benefits will be denied.

  • PUA claimants who are NOT self-employed will have the same work-seeking requirements as people receiving regular UI or PEUC benefits.
    • An additional question regarding your work search activities will be added to the PUA weekly certification. This question will ask you if you were actively seeking work for the week you are claiming.

    • It is your responsibility to keep track of your work search efforts. You will be required to provide records to the Oregon Employment Department if requested.

    • If you do NOT seek work as required, or you cannot provide proof of work search when requested, your claim will be denied and your benefits will stop.

    • Additional penalties may be applied if you provide false or misleading information on purpose.

  • PUA claimants who ARE self-employed will be required to maintain work records for their business, including work to re-establish their business.

You MUST meet work search requirements starting the week of Sunday, July 25, 2021 through Saturday, July 31, 2021 to continue receiving benefits.

PUA claimants do NOT have to wait to get a notice from us to get help finding work. You can contact WorkSource Oregon or register in iMatchSkills® and complete a Job Seeker profile at any time.

Visit our FAQ to learn more about PUA and these specific work search requirements.

Here’s How You Start Meeting Requirements

Regular UI and PEUC Work Search Requirements

1. Register and complete your Job Seeker account in iMatchSkills® by Saturday, June 19. 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. You must complete both steps for your regular unemployment benefits to continue:

  • Step 1: Complete your registration. Provide some basic information about yourself.
  • Step 2: Create your Job Seeker account in iMatchSkills®. This includes your work history and occupations you are seeking. This will help match you to job opportunities.

Call any WorkSource Oregon office or follow our step-by-step guide if you need help registering in iMatchSkills® or call the WorkSource Oregon Language Access Line if you need help in a language other than English.

2. **Currently Optional** Get in touch with WorkSource Oregon. Discover one of our most valuable services: the personalized help we can offer you, either virtually or in-person. We have dedicated WorkSource Oregon offices all over the state. Skilled staff are in touch with local employers, and can provide you with:

  • Job referrals
  • Workshops on interview preparation, resume writing, and computer skills
  • Career planning
  • Education and training opportunities

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
  • Medford, Grants Pass: 541-734-7533
  • Oregon City: 971-673-6400
  • Baker City, Bend, Burns, Canyon City, Hermiston, Klamath, La Grande, Ontario, Pendleton, Prineville, Redmond, The Dalles: 541-388-6070

3. **Optional** Check out these special programs. You might be in a unique situation -- maybe you’d like to start your own business, or would like to continue your education. The Employment Department offers special benefit programs that can help you follow your path while also getting benefits. These programs have additional eligibility requirements that must be met.

PUA Work Search Scenarios and Requirements

I am self-employed and still in business or currently reopening.

OR

I am self-employed and also working as an employee of someone else.

Actively seeking work means you must:

  • Devote 40 hours a week to working for, or to establishing your business, and

  • Maintain records of invoices and efforts to maintain your business.

I was self-employed but my business is closed and I am not reopening.

Actively seeking work means you must:

  • Make two direct employer contacts per week, and

  • Complete three additional work-seeking activities per week.

I am an employee of someone and I am NOT self-employed.

OR

I was scheduled to start work as an employee, but was not able to.

Actively seeking work means you must:

  • Make two direct employer contacts per week, and

  • Complete three additional work-seeking activities per week.

You must seek work, which you are willing and able to do. You should have recent training or experience to do the type of work they are seeking.