You’re considered unemployed any week you work fewer than 40 hours and earn less than your weekly benefit amount. Your weekly benefit amount is 1.25% of your base year* total earnings. For example, if you earned $20,000 in your base year, your weekly benefit amount would be $250. For claims filed before June 28, 2020, the minimum regular unemployment insurance (UI) payment is $151 per week and the maximum is $648 per week. For new initial claims filed after June 28, 2020, the minimum is $157 and the maximum is $673.
If you do qualify, you have to file a claim for each week you want benefits, and meet the weekly eligibility requirements.
For regular unemployment benefits, you qualify if you meet these weekly eligibility requirements:
- You’re considered unemployed during the week you want benefits for,
- You were paid at least $1,000 or worked at least 500 hours in your base year,
- You earned at least some of your base year wages in Oregon,
- Your employer(s) paid, or should have paid, unemployment insurance taxes on your base year wages, and
- You are able to work, available for work, and actively seeking work. Note that this requirement has changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. See our temporary rules.
If you are in the restaurant and bar industry, here is general information on certain types of employment and compensation in the restaurant and bar industry.
For the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program (PUA), you may qualify if you are out of work due to COVID-19 and not eligible for regular unemployment benefits.
*Your base year is usually the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters before the week in which you file your claim.
- If you file your claim in March 2020, your base year is October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019.
- If you file your claim in April, May or June 2020, your base year is January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019.
- If you file your claim in July, August, or September 2020, your base year is April 1, 2019 through March 31, 2020.