Oregon Unemployment

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Unemployment Benefits Compensation

Max Weekly Benefit Amt.


Max Weeks of Benefits


Max Benefit Amount


Unemployment Insurance in the state of Oregon is managed by the Oregon Employment Department. Unemployment Insurance benefits are intended to assist Oregon residents during periods of total, temporary or partial separation from employment.

Benefits are claimed on a weekly basis and paid on a weekly basis, after an initial waiting week period. Your first week of unemployment insurance after your initial claim is filed is an unpaid week, and you will not receive benefits during that time.

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Calculating Oregon Unemployment Benefit Amounts

Determine Your Weekly Benefit Amount

To calculate your unemployment insurance benefits, multiply your total base year wages by 1.25 percent. Currently, the Maximum Weekly Benefit Amount is $590.

EXAMPLE: If you made $40,000 in gross wages during your base period, you would make $500 as a Weekly Benefit Amount (WBA) (40,000 x 0.0125).

Determine Your Maximum Benefit Amount

Oregon offers a maximum of 26 weeks of unemployment insurance compensation. To calculate your MBA, multiply the total of your WBA by 26. Oregon’s MBA over the life of a claim is $15,340.

EXAMPLE: If your WBA is $500, you would earn a MBA of $13,000 in benefits. However, this number may vary, depending on your week to week employment situation.