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State: Unemployment claims skyrocket in Oregon

The number of claims was about 800 on Sunday, and on Tuesday, that number grew to 18,500.

Posted: Mar 18, 2020 5:12 PM
Updated: Mar 18, 2020 7:07 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The number of unemployment claims in Oregon has jumped drastically.

The number of claims was about 800 on Sunday, and on Tuesday, that number grew to 18,500, according to the Oregon Employment Department.

Unemployment insurance benefits are available to those affected by a reduction in economic activity tied to the spread of coronavirus. For more information, click here.

Officials say it's too early for current data to show the impact of employment disruptions, and more information will be available in future.

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