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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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Cases: 320990

Reported Deaths: 3682
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Multnomah52083644
Washington35615280
Marion33366399
Clackamas27185275
Lane24597256
Jackson21336267
Deschutes17215104
Umatilla13006129
Douglas10969202
Linn1083488
Josephine8772173
Yamhill7704101
Klamath666493
Polk642172
Malheur494667
Benton474228
Coos436272
Columbia333539
Jefferson325747
Lincoln283430
Union280938
Wasco248139
Crook220639
Clatsop217526
Tillamook185123
Baker180524
Morrow170721
Curry168617
Hood River165835
Harney88318
Grant8678
Lake7418
Wallowa54012
Gilliam1404
Sherman1333
Wheeler651
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Cases: 4680552

Reported Deaths: 68599
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Riverside3600584843
San Diego3543914051
San Bernardino3490475540
Orange3162215384
Sacramento1516592138
Santa Clara1411661844
Fresno1373871927
Kern1369321532
Alameda1168001333
San Joaquin983511628
Ventura982921134
Contra Costa96331924
Stanislaus814771256
Tulare74142898
San Mateo52540612
San Francisco52328615
Monterey49733567
Solano44452312
Santa Barbara43353505
Merced39734546
Sonoma39609384
Placer37033367
Imperial34462755
Kings30419293
San Luis Obispo28582318
Madera22042263
Butte21781236
Shasta21374290
Santa Cruz20255214
Yolo19359239
Marin17200242
El Dorado16194130
Sutter13228154
Napa1235295
Yuba937161
Nevada856885
Tehama843786
Humboldt843093
San Benito711470
Mendocino698476
Lassen653027
Tuolumne623393
Lake613592
Amador498859
Glenn407530
Siskiyou406241
Calaveras351170
Del Norte342035
Colusa293918
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