Will I be able to get unemployment if I lose work because of the COVID-19 pandemic?
Yes, you can file a claim for unemployment benefits with the Oregon Employment Department (OED) if you lose your job due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The American Rescue Plan (ARP) extends unemployment insurance benefit programs through the week ending Sept. 4, 2021. There are three types of Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits under the ARP:
- UNEMPLOYMENT FOR SELF-EMPLOYED PEOPLE AND PEOPLE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR REGULAR UNEMPLOYMENT (Pandemic Unemployment Assistance – PUA). This is available to people who are not eligible for regular unemployment benefits and are out of work due to COVID-19. These benefits are available up to 79 weeks until the week ending Sept. 4, 2021.
- EXTENDED UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS (Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation – PEUC). If your regular unemployment benefits run out, you may be able to get extended benefits for up to 53 weeks. These benefits are available until the week ending Sept. 4, 2021.
- EXTRA UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS (Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation – FPUC). Everyone receiving at least $1 in unemployment benefits gets an extra $300 per week for each eligible week from December 27, 2020, until Sept. 4, 2021.
- You should apply for these temporary new federal benefits with Oregon’s Employment Department office.
Can I file for unemployment benefits if I cannot work because of the coronavirus?
Yes, in certain circumstances benefits are available to people unable to work due to a “COVID-19 related situation,
” such as:
- You are ill with COVID-19;
- You may have been exposed to COVID-19 and have to quarantine;
- Your employer has shut down or cut back business based on the direction of public health officials;
- You have to stay home to care for a family member or other person who you provide care for that is sick with COVID-19 or has to quarantine;
- You have to stay home to care for a child because of school or child care closures due to COVID-19; or
- You are being asked to work in violation of a mandatory quarantine or Governor’s orders to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Are there work search requirements?
If you are temporarily laid off due to COVID-19, you can receive unemployment benefits without actively seeking work with other employers. OED says you need to stay “actively engaged” with your current employer, and return to work when called back. You must still meet other weekly eligibility requirements.
How much can I receive in unemployment benefits?
The amount of weekly unemployment benefits you will receive is generally 1.25 percent of your earnings over a 12-month period. The OED provides the following example: “Aworker who earned $12.50 per hour, working 40 hours per week for the past year would generally receive $325 per week in unemployment benefits.” In 2020, benefit payments range from $151 per week to $648 per week.
How can I file for unemployment?
As of March 24, 2020, unemployment insurance claims can only be filed using the agency’s online system or by calling 1-877-FILE-4-UI (1-877-345-3484). Offices are accepting visitors by appointment only in order to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
Where can I get more information?
Oregon has seen a record number of claims due to the pandemic. The OED has created a helpful web page to keep the public updated on the latest information, including answers to frequently asked questions about COVID-19 related business layoffs, closures, and unemployment insurance benefits.