Oregon Unemployment

How To File For Unemployment

To file a new unemployment claim in Oregon, go to this link and follow these instructions: In some cases, you must file an initial claim by calling one of the Oregon Unemployment Insurance Centers and will not be able to file for unemployment using the Online Claim System. These are:

  • You filed an unemployment claim against another state within the last twelve months.
  • You have not worked in Oregon in the past 18 months.
  • You worked as a merchant seaman in the last 18 months.
  • You are currently outside of the United States.
  • In the above circumstances, you must file your claim by calling one of our Unemployment Insurance Centers by Friday of this week. Unemployment insurance claims are no longer handled through our local Employment offices.

Find Out If You Are Eligible For Unemployment   Click this link to find out: Am I Eligible To Collect Unemployment Benefits?

Have Your Benefits Run Out?   Click this link to find out how to get an unemployment extension: Unemployment Extension

It takes about 30 minutes to file your claim online. A summary of all your answers will be available upon successful completion. We recommend you print the summary pages and keep them with your records. Before filing your claim online, please gather and be prepared to provide the following information:
  • Your Social Security Number.
  • Your work history for the last 18 months, including dates of employment, your employers' business names, addresses and phone numbers. (If you worked for a Federal (non-military) employer, you may find this information on an SF-8 or SF-50.)
  • Your salary and total income from each employer.
  • If you are not a citizen of the United States, you will need your Alien Registration Number and documentation.
  • Phone number where you can be reached during normal business hours (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Pacific Time).
Read on to get more info, visit the Official Oregon Unemployment Website, or post your question or tell your story in the comments section below and the site admin or someone else will answer your question.

Eligibility Requirements

To get Oregon Unemployment Benefits, you must:

  • Be unemployed due to no fault of your own.
  • Be able to work.
  • Be actively looking for work.

What If You Get Fired, Laid-off, or Quit?

Can you get unemployment if you are fired from your job? Can you get it if you are laid-off or furloughed? Can you get unemployment if you are pregnant or out of work for medical reasons? Can you get unemployment in Oregon if you quit your job or when you take a leave of absence? Can you get it if you are on strike, or otherwise involved in a labor dispute? Every person's case is unique, and each unemployment claim will be determined individually. In addition to the situations listed about, there are many other factors that can affect your unemployment claim:

  • Are you actively looking for work? Did you take a break from your job search?
  • Are you collecting a pension, social security, or a retirement income?
  • Do you have any other sources of income such as rental income, investment income, etc.?
  • Are you a student or currently enrolled in school, community college, or university?
  • Were you a teacher, or employed by a school?
  • Self-employment
  • Are you authorized to work in the United States?
  • Were you fired because you committed a felony or theft related to your job?

Again, everyone's case is unique, and the scenarios listed above do not automatically disqualify you, but rather are examples of the types of things that will have a bearing on your claim.

How Much Will You Get?

The minimum weekly benefit amount available is currently $118 a week. The maximum potential weekly benefit is currently $507 a week. Your weekly benefit amount is based on your recent work record for a 12-month period known as the base year. Your benefit amount is set by law as a percentage of the wages you received during your base year. Your weekly amount is 1.25 percent of your total base year wages. Minimum and maximum amounts are set by law To get a more accurate estimate of how much you will get every week for unemployment, use the Oregon Unemployment Benefits Estimator: http://findit.emp.state.or.us/ocs/estimator/ What is the waiting week? The waiting week is generally the first week of your claim. You will not receive payment for your waiting week. All claimants must serve one waiting week per claim. To qualify for waiting week you must:

  • have a valid claim
  • claim the week
  • meet all eligibility requirements
  • be unemployed
Read on to get more info, visit the Official Oregon Unemployment Website, or post your question or tell your story in the comments section below and the site admin or someone else will answer your question.

Base Year

The base year is four calendar quarters (January through March, April through June, July through September, and October through December). For Oregon claims, a Regular Base Year is the first four of the last five calendar quarters completed at the time you file your initial application. For example, if you file a new claim in May, your base year is all four quarters of the prior calendar year. To qualify for a valid claim, your work and wages during the base period must meet one of the following two tests.

  • Your total base period wages must be at least one and one half times the wages in the highest quarter in the base period and at least $1000 in wages earned in subject employment, or
  • You must have worked 500 hours of subject employment.

Alternate Base Year

As of July 1, 2009, if you do not have enough wages and hours to qualify using a regular base year, your claim may be set up using an Alternate Base Year. An Alternate Base Year uses wages and hours during the most recent four calendar quarters completed. If you worked in the 3 month period immediately following the base year shown on your wage and potential benefit report, and you have not already asked the Employment Department to review your claim under the provisions of an Alternate Base year, please contact your UI Center.

An Alternate Base Year claim can be filed only if you do not qualify for a claim using a Regular Base Year, or an unemployment claim against another state, even if filing those other claims results in a lower weekly benefit amount. Benefit Year The total benefits you can receive are set by law. Your initial claim sets up a benefit year during which you may receive benefits. Your benefit year starts with the week you file your initial claim and lasts for 52 weeks. If the wages during the qualifying period are at least $9,048, you will be eligible for 26 weeks of benefits during the 52 week period. If your qualifying wages are less, then the most you could receive is one third of those wages, paid at $118 a week. See Online Unemployment Insurance Estimator to obtain your estimated weekly benefit amount.

Subsequent Claims

If you received benefits on an earlier claim, you must have worked and earned at least six times the weekly benefit amount of your second claim (after filing the first claim) for the second claim to be valid. Note: If you qualify for a new claim, the Employment Department uses different quarters based on your new filing date. If you worked only a little during your new base year, this could possibly result in a weekly benefit amount which is lower than your previous claim.

How To File A Weekly Claim?

Receiving benefits requires actions on your part. Use the Online Claim System or call the nearest Unemployment Insurance Center to file your initial unemployment application. The initial application can only be backdated one week, so don’t delay filing your initial application. If you wait two months to see if you can find other work, you will be not be able to claim back weeks. After your initial application is filed, you must use the Online Claim System or call the Weekly Claim Line to file a weekly claim for each week you wish to receive benefits.

  • Look for work every week. Keep track of where you look for work or the dates you check with your employer or union about work.
  • Keep track of any days that you are sick or away from the area where you live and work.
  • Keep track of any hours you work and the money you earn during each week.
  • If you are offered work, be able to tell us about the job offer: name of the company and person you spoke to, the work offered and details about the job, such as the duties, pay, hours etc.

You will receive benefits provided you meet the eligibility requirements for each week you claim after serving a Waiting Week.

There are two ways to claim 

  • You may use the Online Claim System at: www.WorkingInOregon.org/ocs
  • You can also claim by phone using the Weekly Claim Line for your area
Read on to get more info, visit the Official Oregon Unemployment Website, or post your question or tell your story in the comments section below and the site admin or someone else will answer your question.

Weekly Claim Line Phone Numbers

  • Albany  (800) 982-8920
  • Astoria  (800) 982-8920
  • Baker City  (800) 982-8920
  • Beaverton/Hillsboro  (503) 224-0405
  • Bend  (541) 388-4066
  • Bend UI Center  (541) 388-4066
  • Brookings  (800) 982-8920
  • Burns  (800) 982-8920
  • Canyon City  (800) 982-8920
  • Coos Bay  (800) 982-8920
  • Corvallis  (800) 982-8920
  • Dallas  (503) 375-7900
  • Enterprise  (800) 982-8920
  • Eugene  (800) 982-8920
  • Eugene UI Center  (800) 982-8920
  • Florence  (800) 982-8920
  • Grants Pass  (800) 982-8920
  • Hermiston  (800) 982-8920
  • Interstate  (800) 982-8920
  • Klamath Falls  (800) 982-8920
  • La Grande  (800) 982-8920
  • Lakeview  (800) 982-8920
  • Lebanon  (800) 982-8920
  • Lincoln City  (800) 982-8920
  • Madras  (541) 388-4066
  • McMinnville  (800) 982-8920
  • Medford  (800) 982-8920
  • Newport  (800) 982-8920
  • Ontario  (800) 982-8920
  • Oregon City  (503) 224-0405
  • Pendleton  (800) 982-8920
  • Portland Metro UI Center  (503) 224-0405
  • Prineville  (541) 388-4066
  • Redmond  (541) 388-4066
  • Roseburg  (800) 982-8920
  • Salem  (503) 375-7900
  • Springfield  (800) 982-8920
  • St. Helens  (800) 982-8920
  • The Dalles  (800) 982-8920
  • Tillamook  (800) 982-8920
  • Tualatin  (503) 224-0405
  • Woodburn  (503) 224-0405
  • All other locations - toll free  (800) 982-8920 

Unemployment Links and Resources

Official Oregon Unemployment Website

File A New Claim Link

Oregon Unemployment Benefits Estimator

Online Claim System

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# amanda 2011-09-17 16:30
I was laid off from my job in April of this year. I also happened to be pregnant but this was not the reason I was laid off. Because I was working a temporary job that I knew would end. I started drawing unemployment in April. I stopped drawing after the birth of my baby in August. Now it has been 7 weeks since the birth of my baby and will be looking for a job and wondering if I can get back on unemployment and what I need to do and order to get it back.
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# quentin 2011-09-17 16:31
I was notified that my euc benefits have exhausted - My last check was 7/28/11. I have been applying for jobs constantly without success. Does anyone know if there will be an additional extension per the President's new Jobs Act?
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# Jessica 2012-09-17 14:12
Capital One is hiring for customer service representatives
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# daniel 2011-09-17 16:37
I have been employed with my current employer for just over a year. I was hired May of 2010. I was recently injured (not at work) and due to the injury I will be unable to work for a couple of months. I have taken FMLA with my employer but did not qualify for any temporary disability benefits. Technically im still employed but i cant work any hours. Can I receive unemployment benefits until I go back to work?
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# Jessica 2011-11-28 19:53
I currently work part-time in the food industry. I am 6 weeks pregnant and am finding it very difficult to work in food with the exhaustion and ESPECIALLY with the morning sickness. I am working my butt off to find a retail job, but if I cant, Can I quit my job due to pregnancy and be able to file for unemployment in Oregon?
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# Dave 2011-12-30 22:20
I am a disabled veteran and quit my job at a jail because it was triggering my post traumatic stress disorder. I had informal conversations with my employer about my condition and tried to problem solve by transferring to another shift (no openings were available) and I had been medically ordered to quit my job. I subsequently am able to go to school to retrain for a less stressful occupation. I have had my appeal hearing and was denied and am waiting for a decision from the employment review board. I fear I will be denied again. I am not understanding how this is fair nor ethical?
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# peach 2012-03-07 17:40
I work in the medical field, lifting people and supplies all day. I have been with my company for10yrs. I am 8 months pregnant and my Dr. gave me a 20lb lifting restriction. I gave the letter to my employer and they told me they could not accommodate that and I could not work until that changed. The lifting restrictions will not change until after the baby's born. Then I can go back to work but until then... will I qualify for unemployment?
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# Chellie 2012-05-01 19:00
I am a nurse who has been recently fired due to excessive sick time. I have two chronic health conditions that have flared due to hours and type of work that I am required to do. Am I eligible for unemployment benefits?
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# Christina 2012-06-04 11:15
I left my job recently because I am going to be starting school again - pharmacy program - and relocating to a different city. I left early because the housing situation where I am moving is pretty bad. Would I qualify under those circumstances?
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# Sheila 2012-06-26 17:22
I was wondering if someone you know is not actively looking for work but tells the unemployment office they are, is this considered fraud?

Thank you,
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# Medley 2012-10-08 13:49
Hello, I recently just got a job. I'm curious as to how this will hurt my benefits if at all. I claimed a week and also put down that I worked 7hours for the week (which was orientation and I have not started working yet). I'm receiving $161 a week. My new job is only 12 hours a week. Will my benefits stop? Or will my Unemployment benefits compensate? Considering 12hrs a week isn't even close to $161 for what I get from Unemployment.
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# Robert 2012-10-09 23:48
i have been with my current employer for over 16 years as a truck driver and i have diabeties which is getting to the point that i will soon need to start taking insulin to control. This will make me medically ineligible to keep my job. Will I be able to collect unemployment benefits while I try to find a new career ?
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# Alana 2012-10-13 15:50

I am pregnant. What are the rules and conditions. I have only been working 3 months, and I plan to work until I am over 8 months pregnant. Which will be Mid January. I was wondering if I could get unemployment after working for 6 months at about 30 hours a week. That would be sometime in mid or late January. Thanks!
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# Christine 2012-10-14 22:55
I am currently in a work situation that led me to quit my last job because they promised me a higher pay than I am receiving and I'm not making enough to pay my student loans, rent, gas, and food. Also, my boss and her boss both tell sexual stories, swear constantly and gossip constantly, and a co-worker stole money right out of my purse. Am I eligible for unemployment under grounds of hostile work environment? Also we were forced to sign a document saying we were "at will employees" meaning they had the right to fire us for any reason whatsoever. Does that really exclude me from ever getting unemployment from working at this horrible place??
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# Josh was in use 2013-06-05 19:42
Oregon is an "at will employment" state. That just means that a company can terminate you at any time for any reason, or no reason at all. That also means that you can quit your job at will, without notice. Unless you sign a contract that specifies you must give notice or that the company must have a valid reason for termination, your employment is "at will". This does not disqualify you from unemployment benefits.
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# Carrie 2012-12-17 08:47
Good Morning,
I was denied benefits from Oregon because I was fired for misconduct. I was going to appeal this, but since i have moved to Florida and got a new job I didn't bother. I was told by an unemployment agent in Oregon to keep claiming case my current job is only paying me $8 an hour! It says "when denied you must earn 4 times your weekly benefit amount" I have, but keep getting denied...Does the computer automatically know when you make that or do I need to call?
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# Katie 2013-01-05 04:26
I have worked full-time for my current employer for 19 months. I am still employed and have no intentions of quitting, but I was recently written up (first write-up of my life) because of a bogus claim of misbehavior by my boss. He has been known to write people up for questionable reasons, have them work two or three more shifts, then call them to the back of the store at the end of their last shift to fire them. If he ends up firing me, will I be barred from unemployment benefits?
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# NECIA 2013-01-21 22:13
I was wondering if I can draw unemployment for maternity leave. I am the "bread winner" of the family and the only way for me to stay home to breast feed/take care of my baby is to take my FMLA. It will only be 3 months then back to work. I have been with my emplorer for almost three years. I am hoping this will work otherwise I am not sure what I'll do.
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# Carrie 2013-03-21 11:03
I was employed in Oregon, but reside in California. I was recently let go from my position and need to apply for Unemployment benefits, but I'm unsure of whether I should apply for Oregon Unemployment, since that's where my company is based, or California Unemployment, since that is where I reside.
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# Eva 2013-06-20 18:16
I am on my last week of unemployment, final check will come Wednesday June 26. How do I apply for the extension? I called the unemployment office and the recorded stated your hold time is 180 minutes?? make know since to me. Please help.
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# Mike 2013-08-22 11:56
the company i work for is reclasifying our positions and cutting our pay some as much as half. Is this legal ? and can we quit and receive benefits until we find work?
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