Monday, February 22, 2010

Oregon Jobless Benefits Extended

Two newspaper articles over the weekend highlighted activity in the Oregon legislature related to working in Oregon (see links, below). The legislative activity? Extending unemployment insurance benefits to 18,600 Oregonians who are reaching the end of their current benefits.

The bill gives recipients an additional two to six weeks of benefits and will cost the state about $19 million. Most of the affected recipients run out of benefits in March, thus the new benefit extention will carry them through approximately the end of April.

The bill has been passed by both the House and the Senate. It now goes on to Governor Kulongoski for his signature. The benefits will be available two weeks (14 days) after the governor signs the bill.

Congress is also working on a benefit extention at the federal level.

The two articles are available online:
Statesman Journal Article:

Oregonian Article:

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