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Oregon Employment Department Acting Director David Gerstenfeld to hold weekly media briefing - 03/30/21

WHO:              David Gerstenfeld, Acting Director, Oregon Employment Department

WHEN:            Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 1 p.m. PT

WHAT:            Oregon Employment Department Acting Director David Gerstenfeld will hold a video conference media briefing to share updates on economic and workforce-related trends, the federal American Rescue Plan (ARP), and more on Wednesday, March 31 at 1 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 p.m. PT on March 31. 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 weekday updates. A recording of the video conference will be emailed to reporters attending the briefing after the 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.

 

Attached Media Files: 03.30.21_Media_Advisory_FINAL.pdf
OED Launches Online Spanish-Language Unemployment Insurance Application - 03/24/21

March 24, 2021 (Salem, OR)-- Today the Oregon Employment Department officially launched an online Spanish-language “initial claim” form for those applying for Regular Unemployment Insurance benefits. The initial claim form is for those who are filing a new claim for the first time, after which eligible claimants will file weekly claims to continue receiving benefits.

“Ensuring equal access to our programs is part of living our agency values of respect, integrity, and community,” said David Gerstenfeld, acting director of the Oregon Employment Department. “We are glad we are able to make the process of applying and filing for Regular UI more accessible in their preferred language. I encourage our Spanish-speaking Oregonians who need to file for regular UI claims to use this new online initial claims process so we can get you your benefits as quickly as possible.”

Spanish-language claimants have already been able to file weekly claims online for both regular UI and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). Those without internet access are able to file initial claims and weekly claims with one-on-one phone assistance. The Spanish-language initial claim form. The Spanish-language initial claim form is available on the Online Claim System. If people cannot file online, they can:

  • Call the OED Unemployment Insurance (UI) Hotline at 1-877-345-3484,
  • Complete the fillable form on our Spanish-language website, unemployment.oregon.gov/es, or,
  • Call our back up Worksystems Hotline at 503-606-6969. 

As claimants laid off from their employer begin reaching the one-year mark on their Regular UI claim, they will need to file a new claim for benefits even if they had little or no income in the past year. If claimants do not file a new claim for benefits, federal rules require that OED stop paying benefits.

For more information about unemployment benefits, visit unemployment.oregon.gov.

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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 lanza solicitud de desempleo en línea en español - 03/24/21

24 de marzo de 2021 (Salem, OR)-- Hoy, el Departamento de Empleo de Oregon lanzó oficialmente un formulario de “reclamo inicial” en línea en español para quienes soliciten los beneficios del desempleo regular. El formulario de reclamo inicial es para aquellas personas que están presentando un nuevo reclamo por primera vez, después de lo cual los reclamantes elegibles presentarán reclamos semanales para continuar recibiendo los beneficios.

“Asegurar el acceso equitativo a nuestros programas es parte de vivir los valores de nuestra agencia de respeto, integridad y comunidad”, dijo David Gerstenfeld, director interino del Departamento de Empleo de Oregon. “Nos complace poder hacer que el proceso de solicitud y presentación del desempleo regular sea más accesible en su idioma preferido. Recomiendo a los habitantes de Oregon de habla hispana que necesitan presentar reclamos regulares de desempleo que utilicen este nuevo proceso de reclamos iniciales en línea para que podamos entregarles sus beneficios lo más rápido posible."

Los reclamantes de habla hispana ya han podido presentar reclamos semanales en línea tanto para el desempleo regular como para la Asistencia de Desempleo por la Pandemia (PUA). Aquellos que no tienen acceso a Internet pueden presentar reclamos iniciales y reclamos semanales con asistencia telefónica personalizada. El formulario de reclamo inicial en español. El formulario de reclamo inicial en español está disponible en el Sistema de Reclamos en Línea. Si las personas no pueden presentar su reclamo en línea, pueden:

  • Llamar a la línea directa del desempleo del Depto. De Empleo al 1-877-345-3484,
  • Llenar el formulario en nuestro sitio web en español, unemployment.oregon.gov/es, o,
  • Llamar a nuestra línea directa de respaldo de Worksystems al 503-606-6969. 

A medida que los/las reclamantes cesados(as) de su trabajo comienzan a alcanzar la marca de un año en su reclamo regular de desempleo, deberán presentar un nuevo reclamo de beneficios incluso si tuvieron pocos o nada de ingresos durante el año pasado. Si los reclamantes no presentan un nuevo reclamo de beneficios, las reglas federales requieren que el Departamento de Empleo de Oregon deje de pagar los beneficios.

Para mayor información acerca de beneficios del desempleo, visite unemployment.oregon.gov/es.

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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 problemas de audición, llame al 711 Telecommunications Relay Services.

Attached Media Files: Spanish_Initial_Claim_PR_SP.pdf
Oregon Employment Department Acting Director David Gerstenfeld to hold weekly media briefing - 03/23/21

WHO:              David Gerstenfeld, Acting Director, Oregon Employment Department

WHEN:            Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 1 p.m. PT

WHAT:            Oregon Employment Department Acting Director David Gerstenfeld will hold a video conference media briefing to share updates on economic and workforce-related trends, the federal American Rescue Plan (ARP), and more on Wednesday, March 24 at 1 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 p.m. PT on March 24. 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 weekday updates. A recording of the video conference will be emailed to reporters attending the briefing after the 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 - 03/16/21

WHO:              David Gerstenfeld, Acting Director, Oregon Employment Department

WHEN:            Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 1 p.m. PT

WHAT:            Oregon Employment Department Acting Director David Gerstenfeld will hold a video conference media briefing to share updates on economic and workforce-related trends, the federal American Rescue Plan (ARP), and more on Wednesday, March 17 at 1 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 p.m. PT on March 17. 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 weekday updates. A recording of the video conference will be emailed to reporters attending the briefing after the 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 Adds 13,900 Jobs in February - 03/16/21

Oregon’s unemployment rate edged down to 6.1% in February, from 6.2% in January. After dropping rapidly during May through November of last year, Oregon’s unemployment rate declined at a slower pace in recent months. During the past 10 months the pace of recovery in the national unemployment rate has mirrored Oregon’s experience. The U.S. unemployment rate also declined by a tenth of a percentage point last month, to 6.2% in February, from 6.3% in January.

Nonfarm payroll employment rose 13,900 jobs in February, following a gain of 7,000, as revised, in January. Nearly all of the jobs gained in February were in leisure and hospitality (+11,100 jobs), where some fitness centers and restaurants hired back workers following closures or curtailments due to COVID-19 restrictions or cautions. Only two other major industries added a substantial number of jobs in February: transportation, warehousing, and utilities (+1,200 jobs) and wholesale trade (+800). Only one major industry —  professional and business services, which cut 900 jobs in February —  performed substantially below its normal seasonal trend.

In February, Oregon’s nonfarm payroll employment totaled 1,819,100, a drop of 153,900 jobs, or 7.8% from the pre-recession peak one year ago in February 2020. Oregon’s employment dropped to a low of 1,687,500 by April. Since then, Oregon has recovered 131,600 jobs, or 46% of the jobs lost between February and April 2020.

Even as overall economic activity hasn’t recovered fully, some industries reached record high employment in February. Transportation, warehousing, and utilities is up 5,300 jobs, or 7.2%, over the year. Professional and technical services hit a fresh record high for the first time in over a year as it added 600 jobs since February 2020, a gain of 0.6%. Architectural and engineering services expanded the fastest of the published industries in this category, adding 700 jobs, or 4.0%.


Next Press Releases

The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the February county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, Mar. 30, and the next statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for March on Tuesday, Apr. 13.

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.

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