File and Collect Oregon Unemployment

The current financial crises has, affected millions of hard-working individuals, who, through no fault of their own, lost their jobs or saw their pay cut through furloughs or reduced hours. While this is an unfortunate reality for many families across the country, there is government help available. Unemployment Insurance is available to people that need help through economic hardship to pay their bills and provide for their families.

Unemployment insurance in the state of Oregon is offered by state governments to people that have worked 500 hours of subject employment, or have had your hours and pay cut and be making less that you used to after earning $1000 in subject employment. You may qualify for partial unemployment benefits, which requires you to have suffered a decline in your earnings, but not be completely unemployed - being moved from full-time to part-time work for instance.

Filing for Oregon unemployment is easy, and can be done on the Oregon State website at http://www.oregon.gov/EMPLOY/UI/index.shtml, though it may be a little more difficult if you have worked outside the state. This same website can be used to track weekly claims checks, register every week for a check, change and personal details and access your unemployment insurance history, and includes a benefit calculator to give you an estimate of how much you will receive in unemployment. Filing online is faster than using the phone, which also means less time waiting for claims checks and no waiting. When filing online, you should have you social security number, recent work history (including contact information), and past salary information ready to enter.

Once you filed your initial claim with Oregon unemployment, you can submit your weekly claims through the website as well. The first check should arrive 2 weeks after your initial filing and after filing for your first weekly claim. These claims are processed quickly, and then issued in the form of direct deposit or a prepaid debit card. To qualify for a weekly check, you need to be able to work, and actively looking for work that week. Any work is included, such as seasonal or part time work, even if it is not included in your chosen field or career. As long as you need unemployment payments, you will need to file a weekly check. Should you have a problem with collecting benefits, you can file an appeal with the state of Oregon to resolve the issue.

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