Record numbers of Americans face unemployment during the COVID-19 outbreak. Directing the system to receive unemployment insurance subsidies from the government can sometimes be overwhelming and annoying. Here are some quick links and resources to make it easier for you to find eligible funds.
How to claim unemployment
Visit Oregon’s thorough COVID-19 unemployment FAQ, its Benefits FAQ for employers and claim claiming people, or the state Claimser’s Manual for guidance on the documents you need , what happens when you apply and how to continue receiving unemployment assistance in the future. Due to the pandemic, this includes W-2 workers and free workers, free workers, contract workers, and 1099 independent contractors, as well as those eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.
Go to Oregon’s Online Claims System. Create an account or sign in to your existing account if you don’t have one yet to start the sign-up process. The on-screen tutorial will guide you through it all, but there is also a training video available. You may experience delays applying for unemployment because of the large number, but go on.
To talk to someone by phone for information about oregon unemployment insurance, call 1-877-FILE-4-UI (1-877-345-3484).
In addition to state unemployment subsidies, the federal government will distribute $600 along with each disbursement through December 26, 2020. The grant can last for 26 weeks; an additional 13 weeks of benefits are available through the federal CARES Act. You don’t need to apply separately for these benefits, and all benefits will take effect from your first week of unemployment. Because of the pandemic, you don’t need to prove that you’re looking for a job every week that you’ve re-certified.
Who is eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
People who do not qualify for regular unemployment benefits can still receive PUA if they are diagnosed, have symptoms, or are directly impacted by COVID-19, including:
A household member of an individual who has been diagnosed with COVID-19
An individual who is caring for a family member or household member who has been diagnosed with COVID-19
A child or other family member with whom the primary care responsible person cannot attend school or another facility is closed as a direct result of a COVID-19 emergency and school or care is necessary for the individual to work
Individuals who are unable to get to work because of COVID-19 quarantine or because a healthcare professional has advised them to self-isolate due to COVID-19 concerns
Individuals who have been scheduled to start work and are out of work or unable to access work as a direct result of COVID-19
An individual has become a breadwinner or primary support for a household because the householder has died as a direct result of COVID-19
Individuals who have quit their jobs or been seeded as a direct result of COVID-19
Individual workplaces closed as a direct result of COVID-19
Learn more about Oregon’s PUA program and get questions about the CARES Act answered at the state’s online PUA FAQ.