Oregon unemployment claims continue to break records, reaching nearly 100K in one week

The Oregon Employment Department says it saw 92,700 initial unemployment claims in the week of March 22.

Posted: Apr 2, 2020 11:34 AM

SALEM, Ore. — After a record-breaking week of unemployment claims in Oregon, the state Employment Department says that the week following handily shattered the one before.

OED announced on March 26 that it saw more than 76,500 initial unemployment claims filed during the week of March 15 as Governor Brown extended school closures, banned large public gathering, and mandated that restaurants eliminate dine-in — a massive surge over the week before during a more-or-less "business as usual" response to the new coronavirus.

Now the state says that the week after, when Governor Brown issued her statewide stay-at-home order, OED received even more claims. During the week of March 22, the agency received 92,700 initial claims, a 21 percent increase over the record-breaking week before.

"By comparison, the agency received 4,900 initial claim filings during the week starting March 8," OED said. "The Employment Department continues to take proactive steps to meet the unprecedented need for unemployment benefits, which is largely due to reduced hours and layoffs related to the COVID-19 pandemic."


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Many southern Oregonians have reported being unable get through to file an unemployment claim over the past week or more, encountering jammed or unresponsive phone lines or difficulty getting through online.

OED says that it currently has detailed information on only 45,800 of the claims processed during the week of March 22. The vast majority of claims came from laid-off workers from restaurants or hotels, at least 15,500. Other claims came from workers in the health care and social assistance sector and retail trade.

The largest number of claims came from Multnomah, Washington, and Lane counties. The largest percentage increase in claims over the week came from Harney and Tillamook counties.

"Over the past two weeks the Employment Department doubled the number of staff dedicated to taking claims, and is in the process of tripling it," OED said. "The agency employees processing claims are doing so at a record rate. We also continue adding secure phone lines to take more calls while also protecting the personal information of those filing claims. Still, the truly unprecedented and sudden level of initial claims has caused delays and frustration for Oregonians who need our help, especially by phone."

OED is encouraging anyone who can file a claim online to do so. The website includes a video with step-by-step instructions for filing a COVID-19 related claim.

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Reported Deaths: 2760
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Washington26850249
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Clackamas18981235
Lane13944166
Jackson11581146
Deschutes1005582
Umatilla862787
Linn565381
Yamhill479479
Klamath478278
Polk402056
Douglas391683
Josephine363872
Malheur362063
Benton327522
Jefferson237839
Coos217737
Columbia193029
Union150224
Wasco145630
Lincoln144021
Crook129523
Hood River121933
Morrow115816
Clatsop10639
Baker103115
Curry73211
Tillamook6614
Grant5527
Lake4698
Harney4369
Wallowa1945
Gilliam811
Sherman701
Wheeler351
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Cases: 3812825

Reported Deaths: 63501
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Los Angeles124841524472
Riverside3017994627
San Bernardino2994254886
San Diego2820523778
Orange2731705116
Santa Clara1202332199
Kern1108471405
Sacramento1080131738
Fresno1030201724
Alameda898911286
Ventura817271032
San Joaquin748081440
Contra Costa70882813
Stanislaus635861071
Tulare49823850
Monterey43858456
San Mateo42756581
San Francisco37304559
Santa Barbara34631455
Solano33797267
Merced32325481
Sonoma31026317
Imperial28908741
Placer23656300
Kings23214247
San Luis Obispo21448261
Madera16660245
Santa Cruz16262209
Marin14212230
Yolo14161212
Butte12666198
Shasta12615235
El Dorado10423117
Napa1003280
Sutter9676113
Yuba652151
San Benito611163
Lassen580825
Tehama574263
Nevada493675
Humboldt452849
Mendocino435750
Tuolumne422271
Amador374347
Lake356653
Glenn243727
Siskiyou239938
Colusa228818
Calaveras221056
Del Norte14688
Inyo143438
Mono12984
Plumas7426
Modoc5645
Mariposa4667
Trinity4246
Sierra1180
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