Nearly 400,000 Oregonians unemployed, officials say

The Employment Department has nearly 700 workers working seven days a week

Posted: May 14, 2020 6:45 PM
Updated: May 14, 2020 6:54 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The Oregon Employment Department has released new data about the number of unemployment claims filed during the week ending May 9.

Officials said there are nearly 400,000 unemployed Oregonians. Last week, 14,000 people filed for unemployment benefits with the department processing 86% of those claims. However, the department said there are thousands of people still waiting for their checks.

The Employment Department has nearly 700 workers working seven days a week. They said this increase in staffing has helped increase the number of claims being processed. Before the pandemic, there were about 4,000 people filing for unemployment a week.

Here is the current unemployment rate by county in Western Oregon:

  • Coos County: 4.3%
  • Douglas County: 4.5%
  • Lane County: 3.6%
  • Linn County: 3.9%
  • Benton County: 2.6%

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