Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Latest news: Unemployment Benefits and Natural Resource Jobs

The Oregon Employment Department has two new releases with workforce and economic research information for you!

An Employment Department press release from this morning details an increase in weekly unemployment benefit payments. According to the release, each year Oregon law requires the Employment Department to recalculate the weekly maximum and minimum amounts paid. The minimum benefit amount is 15 percent of the average weekly wage earned by Oregonians, while the maximum amount is 64 percent of the average. By these measures, "the maximum weekly benefit amount an individual can receive increases to $507, while the minimum amount will be $118. The maximum payment over the last twelve months was $496, with a $116 minimum payment."

For more information on the latest Unemployment Insurance weekly benefit adjustments, read the full release or contact OED's Communications Manager Tom Fuller at 503.947.1301.

Last week, the Research Division's full report "The Greening of Oregon's Workforce: Natural Resource Jobs and Employer Needs" was published online. We posted a few highlights from the summary article on the blog in June. Now you can access even more details about the state's natural resources workforce! Here are two more highlights from the full report:
  • Year-round jobs accounted for 30 percent of all jobs reported, while seasonal jobs accounted for 70 percent of the total. Year-round jobs are those where an individual was employed for nine months of the year or more, while seasonal jobs typically employed an individual for less than nine months of the year.
  • While 13 percent of employers indicated having at least one green job, 32 percent of employers reported having workers that perform green-related job activities.

For information or custom data requests related to the natural resources report, ask me ( or 503.947.3098)!

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