Benefits of Filing for Oregon Unemployment

Providing for yourself and your family can be difficult or impossible if you lose your job. If you become unemployed through no fault of your own, you should file for unemployment benefits right away. (It can take up to three weeks for you to start receiving benefits.) You can file for unemployment by visiting a local employment office, via telephone, or by going online. Filing for unemployment is quickest if you file online, and you can also do it any time of day. Remember, you will need to provide information like your name, address, social security number, dependents information, and your most recent employer's information.

After your application is processed, you will be sent a Claimant Handbook. On the first Sunday or Monday after your application was filed, you must file a claim for the prior week, either online or on the phone. A weekly claim should be filed every week you are unemployed and want to receive unemployment benefits, including your "waiting week" (first week). Everyone who files for unemployment benefits has to wait through this waiting week. If your unemployment claim is found to be valid, you will be issued your first check during the third week. How to collect benefits is easy: your first payment will be mailed via check to your home, and all payments afterward will be issued on a special debt card that will be issued to you or directly deposited into your bank account.

Through the Oregon Unemployment Claims website, you can also find out the approximate amount of benefits you can expect from Unemployment Insurance. Among other things you can do online, there is an unemployment insurance benefits estimator tool.

Benefits are available to you only if you are eligible. Some things that could affect your eligibility include quitting your job or being fired, turning down an opportunity to work, not looking for work, or skipping a week when you should have filed your claim. Even if your situation requires investigation, you should still file your weekly claim as you normally would. The Employment Department provides a variety of services to assist you in looking for a new job, so take advantage of them!

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