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Applying for Unemployment

We are an online resource to help answer your questions, check eligibility and assist in applying for Unemployment. You will also be advised if you qualify for additional benefit programs and receive our benefit guide.

Oregon Unemployment

Unemployment Insurance (UI) is a program that provides a monetary benefit for workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own. The money of UI comes from employers through unemployment taxes. Employees’ wages are not used for unemployment insurance.

The eligibility requirements are:

  • Have earned at least $1000 in wages from employers subjected to unemployment insurance law and you must have a total base year wages that equal or exceed 11/2 times the wages paid in the highest calendar quarter of the base year or have worked at least 500 hours for an employer subjected to unemployment insurance law during the base year.
  • Be physically and mentally able to work each week you claim.
  • Be willing to work all days and shifts for your occupation.
  • Have full availability.
  • Be actively seeking for a job and willing to accept any full time, part time or temporary work.
  • Fully register for work with iMatchSkills®.
  • Report all your earnings.

If you meet the above requirements, you must provide the following in order to file a claim for benefits:

  • Your Social Security Number
  • Your work history for the last 18 months, including dates of employment, your employers’ business names, addresses and phone numbers
  • Your salary and total income from each employer
  • The reasons of your previous job separations
  • Provide the date you began receiving a pension, if applicable.
  • If you are not a citizen of the United States, you will need your Alien Registration Number and documentation
  • A phone number where you can be reached during business hours

Your benefits may be denied if you:

  • Quit your job.

  • Were fired or suspended.

  • Refuse job.

  • Do not contact or reject an employer when referred by a WorkSource Oregon office.

  • Miss a scheduled orientation meeting with a WorkSource Oregon office.

  • Are not available to work.

  • Are not actively seeking work.

  • Are enrolled in school.

  • Are not in Oregon area.

  • Are receiving retirement pay, vacation pay, or holiday pay.

  • Give out fraudulent information.


If your benefits are denied or reduced, you will be mailed an administrative decision. If you disagree with the outcome of the decision, you have the right to appeal. Whenever you appeal a decision, you must continue filing claims for each week; if you fail to do so, you will not be paid for the weeks you did not claim. With the administrative decision, you will receive a form to request a hearing. You may mail or fax the form to the Office of Administrative Hearings or you can call the UI Center.

You must include:

  • Your Social Security number or your Customer Identification Number (CID).
  • The administrative decision number.
  • The mailing date of the administrative decision.

Special Unemployment Programs

There are special unemployment programs administered by the Oregon Employment Department such as: The Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA), the Self Employment Assistance (SEA), the Training Unemployment Insurance (TUI), the Trade Act Adjustment Claims (TRA) and the shared work program. Find information about each of these programs at: http://www.oregon.gov/.


You will find additional information at WorkinginOregon.org or at the Claimant Handbook found at: http://www.oregon.gov/EMPLOY/UI/docs/UI_forms/UIPUB350_0214w.pdf.