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El Departamento de Empleo de Oregon anuncia una iniciativa enfocada a tramitar reclamos en adjudicación. 20 por ciento de reclamos en adjudicación han sido resueltos desde que la agencia comenzó a monitorear el progreso - 10/28/20

28 de octubre de 2020 (SALEM, ORE.)— Hoy, el Departamento de Empleo de Oregon anunció el lanzamiento de Focus Adjudication, una iniciativa para procesar el 100 por ciento de los reclamos que esperan ser adjudicados. Aunque el Departamento de Empleo de Oregon ha proporcionado $5.3 mil millones en beneficios a más de 443,000 habitantes de Oregon desde marzo, muchas personas tienen una o más semanas de reclamos que los requisitos federales dicen que deben adjudicarse.

“Sabemos que demasiadas familias aún esperan ayuda. Estamos haciendo todo lo posible para acelerar el proceso para que los residentes de Oregon puedan recibir los beneficios que merecen. Sabemos que un esfuerzo dirigido como Focus Adjudication funciona porque logró eliminar los retrasos en los reclamos de desempleo regular y de la Asistencia de desempleo por la Pandemia”, dijo David Gerstenfeld, director interino del Departamento de Empleo de Oregon.

Focus Adjudication permite al Departamento de Empleo hacer un seguimiento del progreso en comparación con la cifra del 30 de septiembre de 52,000 personas con reclamos en adjudicación. De las 52.000, el número de personas con reclamos en adjudicación se redujo a 48.000 el 14 de octubre y se redujo aún más a 45.250 el 21 de octubre. Hoy, de esas 52.000, aproximadamente 41.700 personas tienen reclamos en adjudicación, una disminución de casi el 20 por ciento. Algunos residentes de Oregon pueden tener solo una semana de reclamación en adjudicación y aún reciben beneficios por todas las demás semanas reclamadas. Otros pueden tener varias semanas en adjudicación y aún reciben beneficios por otras semanas reclamadas.

Antes de que se lanzara Focus Adjudication, más de 18,000 personas recibían beneficios a través del programa Beneficios Mientras Espera.

El Departamento de Empleo tiene la obligación legal de trasladar un reclamo a adjudicación cuando no está clara la elegibilidad de una persona para los beneficios de desempleo. Se puede colocar un reclamo en adjudicación si parece que una persona ha dejado su trabajo, ha sido despedida, no aceptó un trabajo, está en un receso escolar o en otras situaciones.

La adjudicación es un proceso complejo que requiere mucho tiempo. El plazo para resolver estos reclamos depende de cuán complejo sea un caso determinado: algunos casos se pueden resolver rápidamente, mientras que otros requieren jueces más experimentados para garantizar que se tome una decisión precisa.

El objetivo de Focus Adjudication es tramitar todos los reclamos antes de fin de año. El Departamento de Empleo proporcionará actualizaciones semanales sobre el progreso de la iniciativa.

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Programa de igualdad de oportunidades - ayudas y servicios auxiliares disponibles a pedido para personas con discapacidades. Contacto: (503) 947-1794. Para las personas sordas o con discapacidad auditiva, llame al 711 Telecommunications Relay Services.

Oregon Employment Department Announces Focused Initiative to Process Claims in Adjudication: 20 percent of claims in adjudication have been resolved since the agency began tracking progress - 10/28/20

October 28, 2020 (SALEM, ORE.)—Today the Oregon Employment Department announced the launch of Focus Adjudication, an initiative to process 100 percent of claims waiting to be adjudicated. Although the Oregon Employment Department has provided $5.3 billion in benefits to more than 443,000 Oregonians since March, many people have one or more weeks of claims that federal requirements say must be adjudicated.

“We know that too many families are still waiting for relief. We are doing everything we can to speed up the process so that Oregonians can receive the benefits they deserve. We know a targeted effort like Focus Adjudication works because it succeeded in eliminating backlogs in regular unemployment and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance claims,” said David Gerstenfeld, acting director of the Oregon Employment Department.

Focus Adjudication allows the Employment Department to track progress against the Sept. 30 figure of 52,000 people with claims in adjudication. Of the 52,000, the number of people with claims in adjudication dropped to 48,000 on Oct. 14, and dropped further to 45,250 on Oct. 21. Today, of that 52,000, approximately 41,700 people have claims in adjudication, a nearly 20 percent decrease. Some Oregonians may have only one week’s claim in adjudication and still receive benefits for all other weeks claimed. Others may have several weeks in adjudication and still receive benefits for other weeks claimed.

Before Focus Adjudication was launched more than 18,000 people received benefits through the Benefits While You Wait program.

The Employment Department is legally required to move a claim into adjudication when a person’s eligibility for unemployment benefits is unclear. A claim may be placed in adjudication if it appears a person has quit their job, has been fired, didn’t accept work, is on a school recess, or in other situations.

Adjudication is a complex, time-intensive process. The timeframe for resolving these claims depends on how complex any given case is: Some cases can be resolved quickly, while others require more experienced adjudicators to ensure an accurate decision is made.

The Focus Adjudication goal is to process all claims before the end of the year.The Employment Department will provide weekly progress updates on the initiative’s progress.

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Equal Opportunity program — auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Contact: (503) 947-1794. For people who are deaf or hard of hearing, call 711 Telecommunications Relay Services.

Fecha Límite Extendida para Asistencia por Desempleo por Desastre Los trabajadores de los condados de Clackamas, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, y Marion podrían ser elegibles - 10/28/20

DISASTER FEMA DR-4562-OR- EXTENSIÓN DEL PLAZO DE PRESENTACIÓN

El Departamento de Empleo de Oregon ha recibido autorización para extender la fecha límite para presentar solicitudes de Asistencia por Desempleo por Desastre (DUA). La nueva fecha límite para presentar solicitudes de DUA es el viernes 27 de noviembre de 2020. Las personas pueden calificar para DUA si quedaron desempleadas, si sus horas de trabajo se redujeron sustancialmente o son personas desempleadas por cuenta propia como resultado directo de los incendios forestales y los vientos que tuvieron lugar desde el 7 de septiembre de 2020. Estas personas tampoco deben calificar para el desempleo estatal regular, para la compensación de Desempleo de Emergencia por la Pandemia (PEUC), otros programas de extensión, o para beneficios de la Asistencia de Desempleo por la Pandemia (PUA) u otros programas de beneficio.

La Asistencia de Desempleo por Desastre (DUA) es un programa federal que brinda beneficios de asistencia por desempleo temporal a las personas cuyo empleo o trabajo por cuenta propia se ha perdido, reducido o interrumpido como resultado directo de un desastre mayor. El Departamento de Empleo de Oregon administra el programa DUA para el Departamento de Trabajo, Administración de Empleo y Capacitación de los Estados Unidos, en nombre de la Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias (FEMA). Las personas elegibles para beneficios de desempleo regulares o Asistencia de Desempleo por la Pandemia (PUA) no son elegibles para DUA.

El DUA está disponible para personas elegibles durante semanas de desempleo a partir del 13 de septiembre de 2020. Los beneficios para este desastre estarán disponibles hasta el 20 de marzo de 2021, siempre y cuando su desempleo continúe siendo un resultado directo del desastre mayor. La fecha límite para presentar un reclamo de DUA relacionado con estos incendios es el 27 de Noviembre del 2020

Además de las personas que perdieron sus trabajos como resultado directo del desastre mayor, DUA puede incluir personas que:

  • trabajaban por cuenta propia y se les impidió realizar dichos servicios como resultado del desastre y el trabajo o el trabajo por cuenta propia eran su principal fuente de ingresos,
  • no pudieron llegar a su trabajo debido al desastre,
  • estaban programadas y se les impidió comenzar a trabajar o trabajar por cuenta propia en el área del desastre,
  • no pudieron trabajar debido a una lesión como resultado directo del desastre, o
  • se convirtieron en jefe de familia debido a un deceso causado por el desastre,
  • Han solicitado y utilizado todos los beneficios de desempleo regulares de cualquier estado, o no califica para beneficios de desempleo regulares o programas de extensión y siguen desempleadas como resultado directo del desastre.

El desempleo es un resultado directo del desastre mayor si el desempleo se debió a cualquiera de las siguientes razones:

  • el daño físico o la destrucción del lugar de trabajo;
  • la inaccesibilidad física del lugar de trabajo debido a su cierre por parte del gobierno federal, estatal o local en respuesta inmediata al desastre; o
  • la falta de trabajo o pérdida de ingresos, si, antes del desastre, el empleador o el negocio autónomo recibió la mayoría de sus ingresos de un negocio en el área que resultó dañado o destruido en el desastre o de una entidad en el área del desastre mayor cerrada por el gobierno federal, estatal o local.

Para recibir los beneficios del DUA, toda la documentación requerida debe entregarse al momento de presentar la solicitud, o dentro de los 21 días posteriores a la fecha en que se presentó su solicitud del DUA. Los solicitantes deberán proporcionar documentación adicional, que incluya, entre otros, prueba de empleo en el momento del desastre e información de ingresos del año fiscal 2019. La documentación adicional requerida incluye el número de Seguro Social del solicitante y una copia de su formulario de impuesto federales más reciente o talones de cheques, o documentación que demuestre que trabajaba como empleado o trabajaba por cuenta propia cuando ocurrió el desastre. Las personas que trabajan por cuenta propia pueden obtener documentos para verificar su empleo en su banco, entidades gubernamentales como el Servicio de Impuestos Internos o personas que tengan conocimiento de su negocio.

Se recomienda a las personas afectadas a solicitar DUA a través del Departamento de Empleo de Oregon (OED), que primero verificará si los solicitantes llenan los requisitos para los beneficios estatales de desempleo, PEUC, otros programas de extensión o beneficios del PUA.

 

Las solicitudes para el DUA están disponibles en inglés, español, ruso, vietnamita y chino simplificado en línea en www.oregon.gov/EMPLOY/Disaster. Puede enviar su solicitud a la dirección a continuación o en línea en

unemployment.oregon.gov/contact-us. Incluya las semanas que le gustaría reclamar en su solicitud inicial. Más información está disponible en nuestro sitio web público y páginas de redes sociales. Si tiene preguntas adicionales o para solicitar una solicitud inicial, llame al: 503-570-5000.

 

Información de contacto:

 

Dirección:      Disaster Unemployment Assistance Unit

875 Union Street NE

Salem, OR 97311

 

Teléfono:      

503-570-5000

 

Información adicional:

www.oregon.gov/EMPLOY/Disaster

 

Presente su solicitud en línea:    unemployment.oregon.gov/contact-us

Deadline Extended for Disaster Unemployment Assistance: Clackamas, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, and Marion Counties Workers May Be Eligible - 10/28/20

DISASTER FEMA DR-4562-OR – FILING DEADLINE EXTENSION

The Oregon Employment Department has received authorization to extend the deadline for filing Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) applications. The new deadline to file DUA applications is Friday, November 27, 2020. Individuals may qualify for DUA if they became unemployed, had their work hours substantially reduced, or are unemployed self-employed individuals as a direct result of the wildfires and straight-line winds that took place since September 7, 2020. They also must not qualify for regular state Unemployment Insurance (UI), Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), or other benefit programs.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is a federal program that provides temporary unemployment assistance benefits to individuals whose employment or self-employment has been lost, reduced, or interrupted as a direct result of a major disaster. The Oregon Employment Department administers the DUA program for the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, on behalf of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Individuals eligible for regular unemployment benefits or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) are not eligible for DUA.

DUA is available to eligible individuals for weeks of unemployment beginning September 13, 2020. Benefits under this program will be available until March 20, 2021, as long as their unemployment continues to be a direct result of the major disaster. The new deadline for filing a DUA claim related to these fires is November 27, 2020

In addition to people who lost their jobs as a direct result of the major disaster, DUA may include individuals who:

  • Were self-employed and prevented from performing such services as a result of the disaster and the work or self-employment was their primary source of income.
  • Were unable to reach their job because of the disaster.
  • Were scheduled to and prevented from beginning work or self-employment in the disaster area,
  • Were unable to work due to injury as a direct result of the disaster, or
  • Became head of household due a death caused by the disaster.
  • Have applied for and used all regular unemployment benefits from any state, do not qualify for regular unemployment benefits or extension programs, and remain unemployed as a direct result of the disaster.

Unemployment is a direct result of the major disaster if the unemployment resulted from any of the following:

  • Physical damage or destruction of the place of employment.
  • Physical inaccessibility of the place of employment due to its closure by the federal, state, or local government in immediate response to the disaster.
  • Lack of work or loss of revenues if, prior to the disaster, the employer or self-employed business received a majority of its income from a business in the area that was damaged or destroyed in the disaster or an entity in the major disaster area closed by the federal, state, or local government.

To receive DUA benefits, all required documentation must be turned in at the time of filing, or within 21 days from the day a DUA application is filed. Applicants will need to provide supporting documentation, including but not limited to, proof of employment or self-employment at the time of the disaster and income information for the 2019 tax year. Additional required documentation includes the applicant’s Social Security number and a copy of their most recent federal income tax form or check stubs, or documentation to support that they were working or self-employed when the disaster occurred. Self-employed individuals can get documents to verify their employment from their bank, government entities such as the Internal Revenue Service, or individuals having knowledge of their business.

Affected individuals are encouraged to apply for DUA through the Oregon Employment Department (OED), which will first check if applicants can qualify for state unemployment benefits, PEUC, other extension programs, or PUA benefits.

Applications for DUA are available in English, Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, and Simplified Chinese online at www.oregon.gov/EMPLOY/Disaster. You may submit your application to the address below or online at unemployment.oregon.gov/contact-us. Include the weeks you would like to claim in your initial application. More information is available on our website and social media pages. For additional questions or to request an initial application, call: 503-570-5000

Contact Information:

Address:        Disaster Unemployment Assistance Unit

875 Union Street NE

Salem, OR 97311

 

Telephone:   

503-570-5000

 

Additional Information:

www.oregon.gov/EMPLOY/Disaster

 

Submit your Application Online:            unemployment.oregon.gov/contact-us

Oregon Employment Department Acting Director David Gerstenfeld to hold weekly media briefing - 10/27/20

 

WHO:              David Gerstenfeld, Acting Director, Oregon Employment Department

WHEN:            Wed., Oct. 28, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. PT

WHAT:            Oregon Employment Department Acting Director David Gerstenfeld will hold a video conference media briefing to share updates on unemployment claims processing, adjudication, and UI payroll taxes on Wed. Oct. 28 at 1:00 p.m. PT.

WHERE:         Via Zoom video conference; Members of the media must RSVP for call information by emailing OED_Communications@oregon.gov by 12:00 p.m. PT on Wed., Oct. 28. Video conference information will be provided to all reporters who RSVP.

OTHER:          The Oregon Employment Department is updating a claims processing progress data dashboard daily. Visit this link for week-day updates. A recording of the video conference will be email after the media briefing concludes.

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Equal Opportunity program — auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Contact: (503) 947-1794. For people who are deaf or hard of hearing, call 711 Telecommunications Relay Services.

Oregon Employment Department Acting Director David Gerstenfeld to hold weekly media briefing - 10/20/20

WHO:              David Gerstenfeld, Acting Director, Oregon Employment Department

WHEN:            Wed., Oct. 21, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. PT

WHAT:            Oregon Employment Department Acting Director David Gerstenfeld will hold a video conference media briefing to share updates on unemployment claims processing on Wed. Oct. 21 at 1:00 p.m. PT.

WHERE:         Via Zoom video conference; Members of the media must RSVP for call information by emailing OED_Communications@oregon.gov by 12:00 p.m. PT on Wed., Oct. 21. Video conference information will be provided to all reporters who RSVP.

OTHER:          The Oregon Employment Department is updating a claims processing progress data dashboard daily. Visit this link for week-day updates. A recording of the video conference will be email after the media briefing concludes.

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Equal Opportunity program — auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Contact: (503) 947-1794. For people who are deaf or hard of hearing, call 711 Telecommunications Relay Services.

 

Los trabajadores de los condados de Clackamas, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, y Marion podrían ser elegibles para Asistencia de Desempleo por Desastre - 10/19/20

DISASTER FEMA DR-4562-OR

Los trabajadores de los condados de Clackamas, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, y Marion podrían ser elegibles para Asistencia de Desempleo por Desastre

El Departamento de Empleo de Oregon anunció la disponibilidad de Asistencia de Desempleo por Desastre (DUA, por sus siglas en inglés) el 23 de septiembre de 2020 para personas que se encuentren desempleadas, o hayan rebajado sus horas de trabajo de manera substancial o para personas que trabajan por cuenta propia y se encuentren desempleadas como resultado directo de los incendios forestales y los vientos de dirección directa que ocurrieron el 7 de septiembre de 2020. Estas personas tampoco deben calificar para el desempleo estatal regular, para la compensación de Desempleo de Emergencia por la Pandemia (PEUC), otros programas de extensión, o para beneficios de la Asistencia de Desempleo por la Pandemia (PUA).

La Asistencia de Desempleo por Desastre (DUA) es un programa federal que brinda beneficios de asistencia por desempleo temporal a las personas cuyo empleo o trabajo por cuenta propia se ha perdido o interrumpido o cuyas horas de trabajo se redujeron considerablemente como resultado directo de un desastre mayor. El Departamento de Empleo de Oregon administra el programa DUA para el Departamento de Trabajo, Administración de Empleo y Capacitación de los Estados Unidos, en nombre de la Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias (FEMA). Las personas elegibles para beneficios de desempleo regulares o Asistencia de Desempleo por la Pandemia (PUA) no son elegibles para DUA.

El DUA está disponible para personas elegibles durante semanas de desempleo a partir del 13 de septiembre de 2020. Los beneficios para este desastre estarán disponibles hasta el 20 de marzo de 2021, siempre y cuando su desempleo continúe siendo un resultado directo del desastre mayor. La fecha límite para presentar un reclamo de DUA relacionado con estos incendios es el 23 de octubre de 2020

Además de las personas que perdieron sus trabajos como resultado directo del desastre mayor, DUA puede incluir personas que:

  • trabajaban por cuenta propia y se les impidió realizar dichos servicios como resultado del desastre y el trabajo o el trabajo por cuenta propia eran su principal fuente de ingresos,
  • no pudieron llegar a su trabajo debido al desastre,
  • estaban programadas y se les impidió comenzar a trabajar o trabajar por cuenta propia en el área del desastre,
  • no pudieron trabajar debido a una lesión como resultado directo del desastre, o
  • se convirtieron en jefe de familia debido a un deceso causado por el desastre,
  • Han solicitado y utilizado todos los beneficios de desempleo regulares de cualquier estado, o no califica para beneficios de desempleo regulares o programas de extensión y siguen desempleadas como resultado directo del desastre.

El desempleo es un resultado directo del desastre mayor si el desempleo se debió a:

  • el daño físico o la destrucción del lugar de trabajo;
  • la inaccesibilidad física del lugar de trabajo debido a su cierre por parte del gobierno federal, estatal o local en respuesta inmediata al desastre; o
  • la falta de trabajo o pérdida de ingresos, si, antes del desastre, el empleador o el negocio autónomo recibió al menos la mayoría de sus ingresos de un negocio en el área de desastre mayor que resultó dañado o destruido en el desastre o una entidad en el área de mayor desastre cerrada por el gobierno federal, estatal o local.

Para recibir los beneficios del DUA, toda la documentación requerida debe entregarse cuando presente la solicitud o dentro de los 21 días posteriores a la fecha en que se presentó su solicitud del DUA. Deberá proporcionar documentación adicional, que incluya, entre otros, prueba de empleo en el momento del desastre o prueba de trabajo por cuenta propia en el momento del desastre e información de ingresos para el año fiscal 2019. Específicamente, la documentación requerida incluye un número de Seguro Social y una copia del formulario de impuestos federales sobre la renta más reciente o talones de cheques, o documentación que demuestre que trabajaba o trabajaba por cuenta propia cuando ocurrió el desastre. La documentación para las personas que trabajan por cuenta propia se puede obtener de bancos o entidades gubernamentales, o declaraciones juradas de personas que tengan conocimiento de su negocio.

Se recomienda a las personas afectadas a solicitar DUA a través del Departamento de Empleo de Oregon (OED), que primero verificará si los solicitantes llenan los requisitos para los beneficios estatales de desempleo, PEUC, otros programas de extensión o beneficios del PUA.

Las solicitudes para el DUA están disponibles en inglés, español, ruso, vietnamita y chino simplificado en línea en www.oregon.gov/EMPLOY/Disaster. Su solicitud puede enviarse por correo a la dirección que se indica a continuación, o puede enviarse en línea en unemployment.oregon.gov/contact-us. Incluya las semanas que le gustaría reclamar en su solicitud inicial. Más información está disponible en nuestro sitio web público y páginas de redes sociales. Si tiene preguntas adicionales o para solicitar una solicitud inicial, llame al: 503-570-5000.

Información de contacto:

Dirección:      Disaster Unemployment Assistance Unit

875 Union Street NE

Salem, OR 97311

 

Peléfono:       

503-570-5000

 

Información adicional:

www.oregon.gov/EMPLOY/Disaster

 

Presente su solicitude n línea:    unemployment.oregon.gov/contact-us

Clackamas, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, and Marion Counties Workers May Be Eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance - 10/16/20

DISASTER FEMA DR-4562-OR

Clackamas, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, and Marion Counties Workers May Be Eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance

The Oregon Employment Department announced the availability of Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) on Sept. 23, 2020 for individuals who became unemployed, had their work hours substantially reduced or are unemployed self-employed individuals as a direct result of the wildfires and straight-line winds that took place since September 7, 2020. They also must not qualify for regular state Unemployment Insurance (UI), Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), other extension programs, or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is a federal program that provides temporary unemployment assistance benefits to individuals whose employment or self-employment has been lost or interrupted or had their work hours greatly reduced as a direct result of a major disaster. The Oregon Employment Department administers the DUA program for the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, on behalf of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Individuals eligible for regular unemployment benefits or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) are not eligible for DUA.

DUA is available to eligible individuals for weeks of unemployment beginning September 13, 2020. Benefits for this disaster will be available until March 20, 2021, as long as your unemployment continues to be a direct result of the major disaster. The deadline for filing a DUA claim related to these fires is October 23, 2020

In addition to people who lost their jobs as a direct result of the major disaster, DUA may include individuals who:

  • were self-employed and prevented from performing such services as a result of the disaster and the work or self-employment was their primary source of income,
  • were unable to reach their job because of the disaster,
  • were scheduled to and prevented from beginning work or self-employment in the disaster area,
  • were unable to work due to injury as a direct result of the disaster, or
  • became head of household due a death caused by the disaster,
  •  Have applied for and used all regular unemployment benefits from any state, or do not qualify for regular unemployment benefits, or extension programs and remain unemployed as a direct result of the disaster.

Unemployment is a direct result of the major disaster if the unemployment resulted from:

  • the physical damage or destruction of the place of employment;
  • the physical inaccessibility of the place of employment due to its closure by the federal, state, or local government in immediate response to the disaster; or
  • lack of work, or loss of revenues, if, prior to the disaster, the employer or self-employed business received at least a majority of its revenue or income from an business in the major disaster area that was damaged or destroyed in the disaster or an entity in the major disaster area closed by the federal, state, or local government.

To receive DUA benefits, all required documentation must be turned in when you file or within 21 days from the day your DUA application is filed. You will need to provide supporting documentation, including but not limited to, proof of employment at the time of the disaster, or proof of self-employment at the time of the disaster, and income information for tax year 2019. Specifically, required documentation includes a Social Security number and a copy of the most recent federal income tax form or check stubs, or documentation to support that  you were working or self-employed when the disaster occurred. Documentation for the self-employed can be obtained from banks or government entities, or affidavits from individuals having knowledge of their business.

Affected individuals are encouraged to apply for DUA through the Oregon Employment Department (OED), which will first check if applicants can qualify for state unemployment benefits, PEUC, other extension programs or PUA benefits.

Applications for DUA are available in English, Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, and Simplified Chinese online at www.oregon.gov/EMPLOY/Disaster. Your application may be mailed to the address listed below, or submitted online at unemployment.oregon.gov/contact-us. Please include the weeks you would like to claim in your initial application. More information is available on our public website and social media pages. For additional questions or to request an initial application, please call: 503-570-5000

 

Contact Information:

Address:        Disaster Unemployment Assistance Unit

875 Union Street NE

Salem, OR 97311

 

Telephone:    

503-570-5000

 

Additional Information:

www.oregon.gov/EMPLOY/Disaster

 

Submit your Application Online:    unemployment.oregon.gov/contact-us

 

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Oregon Employment Department Expands Website Accessibility; Unemployment.oregon.gov now available in 16 languages - 10/15/20

October 14, 2020 (SALEM, ORE.)—Today the Oregon Employment Department announced that its unemployment website (unemployment.oregon.gov) is now available in 15 languages other than English. The agency’s previous COVID-19 site was also available in 16 languages; however this new site, which provides timely information about new unemployment programs, instructions for how to apply for benefits, and answers to frequently asked questions, is easier to navigate and is more accessible for those using a mobile device. Making the newer website available in 16 different languages is part of the agency’s ongoing work towards increasing language access and removing barriers to accessing important information about unemployment benefits online.

“The Oregon Employment Department is an equal opportunity agency. We value equity and inclusivity and we’re committed to ensuring that our Limited English Proficient customers have meaningful access to all of our agency's programs, services, and benefits. We don’t want anyone to miss out on the unemployment benefits they’re eligible for because they weren’t able to access the information they needed from our website. With this significant expansion of services, we’re leveling the playing field so everyone has equal access to information and help.”

Unemployment.oregon.gov is available in the following languages:

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese
  • Russian
  • Simplified Chinese
  • Romanian
  • Khmer
  • Korean
  • Arabic
  • Farsi
  • Laotian
  • Somali
  • Hmong
  • Mien
  • Marshallese
  • Chuukese

Some functionalities and external pages, including the Online Claim System, online PUA form, Contact Us form, and chatbot, are currently only available in a limited number of languages. The Employment Department is working to make the online PUA form, currently available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian, and Korean, available in all 16 languages. The PUA form is expected to soon be available in Simplified Chinese and Arabic. Translated application forms for regular unemployment insurance, PUA, and PEUC are also available on all “Filing a Claim” pages at unemployment.oregon.gov.

Claimants needing additional claim assistance in languages other than English should send their name, requested language, and phone number to OED_LanguageAccess@oregon.gov. They will receive a call back in their requested language.

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Equal Opportunity program — auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Contact: (503) 947-1794. For people who are deaf or hard of hearing, call 711 Telecommunications Relay Services.

El Departamento de Empleo de Oregon expande el acceso a su sitio web; Unemployment.oregon.gov está ahora disponible en 16 idiomas - 10/15/20

15 de octubre de 2020 (SALEM, ORE.)— Hoy, el Departamento de Empleo de Oregon anunció que su sitio web del desempleo (unemployment.oregon.gov) ahora está disponible en 15 idiomas además del inglés. El anterior sitio COVID-19 de la agencia también estaba disponible en 16 idiomas; sin embargo, este nuevo sitio, que brinda información oportuna sobre nuevos programas de desempleo, instrucciones sobre cómo solicitar beneficios y respuestas a preguntas frecuentes, es más fácil de navegar y más accesible para quienes usan un dispositivo móvil. Hacer que el sitio web más nuevo esté disponible en 16 idiomas diferentes es parte del trabajo continuo de la agencia para aumentar el acceso a idiomas y eliminar las barreras para acceder a información importante sobre los beneficios de desempleo en línea.  

“El Departamento de Empleo de Oregon es una agencia que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades. Valoramos la equidad y la inclusión y estamos comprometidos a asegurar que nuestros clientes con dominio limitado del inglés tengan un acceso significativo a todos los programas, servicios y beneficios de nuestra agencia. No queremos que nadie se pierda los beneficios de desempleo para los que son elegibles porque no pudieron acceder a la información que necesitaban de nuestro sitio web. Con esta expansión significativa de servicios, estamos igualando las condiciones para que todos tengan el mismo acceso a la información y la ayuda".

Unemployment.oregon.gov está disponible en los siguientes idiomas:

  • Inglés
  • Español
  • Vietnamita
  • Ruso
  • Chino simplificado
  • Rumano
  • Jemer
  • Coreano
  • Árabe
  • Farsi
  • Laosiano
  • Somalí
  • Hmong
  • Mien
  • Marshalés
  • Chuukese

Algunas funcionalidades y páginas externas, incluyendo el Sistema de Reclamos en Línea, el formulario PUA en línea, el formulario Contáctenos y el chatbot, actualmente solo están disponibles en un número limitado de idiomas. El Departamento de Empleo está trabajando para que el formulario PUA en línea, actualmente disponible en inglés, español, vietnamita, ruso y coreano, esté disponible en los 16 idiomas. Se espera que el formulario PUA esté disponible en chino simplificado y arabé.Los formularios de solicitud traducidos para el desempleo regular, PUA y PEUC también están disponibles en todas las páginas de "Presentación de un reclamo" en unemployment.oregon.gov.

Los reclamantes que necesiten asistencia adicional para reclamos en otros idiomas además del inglés deben enviar su nombre, idioma solicitado y número de teléfono a OED_LanguageAccess@oregon.gov. Recibirán una llamada en el idioma solicitado.

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El Departamento de Empleo de Oregon es un empleador/programa que respeta la igualdad de oportunidades. Disponemos de servicios o ayudas auxiliares, formatos alternos y asistencia de idiomas para personas con discapacidades o conocimiento limitado del inglés, a pedido y sin costo.

 

Oregon's Job Growth Slows to 5,100 in September - 10/14/20

Oregon’s unemployment rate dropped to 8.0 percent in September from 8.5 percent, as revised, in August. For the past few months, Oregon’s unemployment rate has closely tracked the national unemployment rate which fell to 7.9 percent in September from 8.4 percent in August.

Oregon’s total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 5,100 jobs in September, following a revised gain of 16,200 jobs in August. Over the past three months the rate of job growth slowed, with 39,000 jobs added in that time, following more rapid growth in May and June, when 83,100 jobs were added. Despite the recent slowdown, Oregon employers added jobs in each of the past five months, and the state has recovered 45 percent of the jobs cut in March and April.

Over-the-month job gains in September were largest in leisure and hospitality (+2,600 jobs); financial activities (+1,600); health care and social assistance (+1,600); retail trade (+1,500); and information (+1,200). Two industries cut a substantial number of jobs in September: construction (-2,600 jobs) and private educational services (-1,400).

Leisure and hospitality continues to be the industry most impacted by the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Its employment bounced back substantially in May and June, but job gains have slowed over the past three months. Employment totaled 163,200 in September, which was down 53,400 jobs, or 24.7%, since its peak month of February.

Manufacturing lost a substantial number of jobs this spring and hasn’t rebounded. Employment stood at 180,000 jobs in September, which was close to its level of the past five months. Since September 2019, manufacturing cut 18,100 jobs with losses widespread throughout most component industries. During that time, primary metals manufacturing dropped the most in percentage terms, shedding 2,600 jobs, or 28 percent. Next in line was transportation equipment manufacturing which cut 19 percent. Two other manufacturing industries dropped at least 10 percent: food manufacturing (-4,200 jobs, or -14%) and electronic instrument manufacturing (-600 jobs, or -11%). None of the published manufacturing industries added a substantial number of jobs over the past 12 months.

In contrast, two major industries rose closer to pre-pandemic employment levels. Retail trade rebounded rapidly, adding 4,700 jobs over the past two months. This left the industry down only 4,800 jobs, or 2.3 percent, since February. Certain retailers responded to strong demand lately, with food and beverage stores up 900 jobs, or 2.1 percent, since last September. Similarly, building material and garden supply stores added 900 jobs, or 5.4 percent in that time, while general merchandise stores added 1,100 jobs or 2.7 percent. Clearly consumer preferences and demands have shifted substantially, as reflected by job losses in several categories including clothing stores, which cut 8,100 jobs, or 51.6 percent, over the year, and miscellaneous store retailers, which shed 2,800 jobs, or 16.5 percent.

Health care and social assistance added 2,300 jobs over the past two months and was only 8,200 jobs, or 3.1 percent, below its recent high in February. Over the past 12 months, social assistance cut 4,900 jobs, or 8.4 percent. However, health care declined only 800 jobs in that time.

Next Press Releases

The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the September county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, October 20th, and the next statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for October on Tuesday, November 17th.

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The Oregon Employment Department and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) work cooperatively to develop and publish monthly Oregon payroll employment and labor force data. The estimates of monthly job gains and losses are based on a survey of businesses. The estimates of unemployment are based on a survey of households and other sources.

The Oregon Employment Department publishes payroll employment estimates that are revised quarterly by using employment counts from employer unemployment insurance tax records. All department publications use this Official Oregon Series data unless noted otherwise. This month’s release incorporates the January, February and March 2020 tax records data. The department continues to make the original nonfarm payroll employment series available; these data are produced by the BLS.

The PDF version of the news release can be found at QualityInfo.org/press-release. To obtain the data in other formats such as in Excel, visit QualityInfo.org, then within the top banner, select Economic Data, then choose LAUS or CES. To request the press release as a Word document, contact the person shown at the top of this press release.

 

To file a claim for unemployment benefits or get more information about unemployment programs, visit unemployment.oregon.gov.

Equal Opportunity program — auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Contact: (503) 947-1794. For people who are deaf or hard of hearing, call 711 Telecommunications Relay Services.

 

Attached Media Files: 10.14.20_Media_Advisory.pdf
Oregon Employment Department Acting Director David Gerstenfeld to hold weekly media briefing - 10/13/20

WHO:              David Gerstenfeld, Acting Director, Oregon Employment Department

WHEN:           Wed., Oct. 14, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. PT

WHAT:           Oregon Employment Department Acting Director David Gerstenfeld will hold video conference media briefing to share updates on unemployment claims processing on Wed. Oct. 14 at 1:00 p.m. PT.

 WHERE:        Via Zoom video conference; Members of the media must RSVP for call information by emailing OED_Communications@oregon.gov by 12:00 p.m. PT on Wed., Oct. 14. Video conference information will be provided to all reporters who RSVP.

OTHER:          The Oregon Employment Department is updating a claims processing progress data dashboard daily. Visit this link for week-day updates. A recording of the video conference will be email after the media briefing concludes.

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Equal Opportunity program — auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Contact: (503) 947-1794. For people who are deaf or hard of hearing, call 711 Telecommunications Relay Services.


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Attached Media Files: 10.14.20_Media_Advisory.pdf
September Employment and Unemployment Rate News Postponed until Wed., Oct. 14 - 10/12/20

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Oregon Employment Department September employment and unemployment rate news release originally scheduled for Tuesday, October 13 at 10:00 AM has been postponed until Wednesday, October 14 at 10:00 AM.

Like all states, Oregon’s monthly reports are created in partnership with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). We typically receive data from the BLS early and release it three days prior to the BLS data publication for all states. However, difficulties in data collection and analysis related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the federal holiday on October 12, have caused a delay in our early access to this data.

Our mission is to develop and distribute quality workforce and economic information to promote informed decision-making. We apologize for the delay this month and any inconvenience it causes.

Questions: Please contact Nick Beleiciks, Systems and Economic Analysis Manager at eleiciks@Oregon.gov">Nick.J.Beleiciks@Oregon.gov.

Oregon Employment Department Acting Director David Gerstenfeld to hold weekly media briefing - 10/06/20

WHO:              David Gerstenfeld, Acting Director, Oregon Employment Department

WHEN:            Wed., Oct. 7, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. PT

WHAT:            Oregon Employment Department Acting Director David Gerstenfeld will hold a video conference media briefing to share updates on unemployment claims processing on Wed. Oct. 7 at 1:00 p.m. PT. Gerstenfeld will provide an update on claims processing, including an update on Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) and Lost Wages Assistance (LWA).

WHERE:         Via Zoom video conference; Members of the media must RSVP for call information by emailing OED_Communications@oregon.gov by 12:00 p.m. PT on Wed., Oct. 7. Video conference information will be provided to all reporters who RSVP.

OTHER:          The Oregon Employment Department is updating a claims processing progress data dashboard daily. Visit this link for week-day updates. A recording of the video conference will be email after the media briefing concludes.

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Equal Opportunity program — auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Contact: (503) 947-1794. For people who are deaf or hard of hearing, call 711 Telecommunications Relay Services.

Oregon Jobs Projected to Increase by 9 Percent by 2029 - 10/01/20

Oregon’s total employment will grow by 181,800 jobs between 2019 and 2029, according to new projections from the Oregon Employment Department. The projections point to modest job growth between 2019 and 2029, although many job openings are expected due to the need to replace workers who leave their occupations.

In 2019, there were 2,120,000 jobs in Oregon. The 9 percent increase in employment between 2019 and 2029 includes private-sector gains of 156,400 jobs, growth of 16,500 jobs in government, and an additional 8,900 self-employed Oregonians.

Beyond gains from economic growth, another 255,300 job openings will be created on average each year through 2029 to replace workers who retire, leave the labor force for other reasons, or make a major occupational change. Together, the number of job openings due to economic growth and replacements will total an annual average of 273,500.

All private sectors in Oregon are expected to add jobs by 2029. Private health care and social assistance will lead all industries in new job growth. The gain of 46,300 new jobs (15% growth) in health care can be attributed to continued growth and aging of the state’s population. Health care will account for one out of every five new jobs created in Oregon by 2029.

Health care also tops the list of Oregon’s fastest-growing occupations over the 10-year period. Healthcare occupations and those associated with healthcare, including mental health, account for 13 of the 20 fastest-growing occupations from 2019 to 2029 among occupations with at least 1,000 jobs in Oregon. They include physician and medical assistants, nurse practitioners, substance abuse and mental health counselors, massage and respiratory therapists, and home health aides.

Oregon’s second fastest-growing industry will be professional and business services. Professional and business services is expected to add 33,000 new jobs (13% growth). Professional and business services includes legal and architectural services, computer systems design, temporary employment agencies, corporate offices, and a variety of other businesses. Software developers, operations research analysts, market research analysts and marketing specialists, and financial managers are also among the fastest-growing occupations statewide.

A broad variety of career opportunities will be available across all sectors as well as all job types. One-third of all job openings will require education or training beyond high school at the typical entry-level education. To meet more competitive education requirements, nearly half of all job openings require at least some training beyond high school.

Occupations with the most job openings, typically requiring a high school diploma or less, include retail salespersons, food preparation and serving workers, and cashiers. Those requiring a postsecondary certification or associate’s degree include truck drivers, bookkeepers, and nursing and medical assistants. Occupations with the most total openings requiring at least a bachelor’s degree vary from general and operations managers to registered nurses, software developers, and accountants.

All areas of Oregon expect to see job opportunities due to both economic growth and to replace workers leaving the labor force in the coming years. The two regions projected to grow at the fastest rates are Central Oregon (12%) and the Portland area (11%).

Additional Information

The Oregon Employment Department’s 2019-2029 employment projections are long-term projections intended to capture structural change in the economy, not cyclical fluctuations. As such, they are not intended to project the full impacts of the COVID-19 recession and its recovery.

More information on 2019-2029 industry and occupational projections for Oregon and sub-state areas can be found at www.qualityinfo.org/projections

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