Oregon Unemployment Benefit Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility_RequirementsIn Oregon, the minimum weekly benefit amount available is currently $126 a week. The maximum potential weekly benefit is currently $538 a week. Your weekly benefit amount is based on your recent work record for a 12-month period known as the base year.

Oregon Unemployment Benefit Eligibility Requirements

Oregon Unemployment Benefit base year is four calendar quarters (January through March, April through June, July through September, and October through December). For Oregon claims, a Regular Base Year is the first four of the last five calendar quarters completed at the time you file your initial application. For example, if you file a new claim in May, your base year is all four quarters of the prior calendar year.

To qualify for a valid claim, your work and wages during the base period must meet one of the following two tests.

  1. Your total base period wages must be at least one and one half times the wages in the highest quarter in the base period and at least $1000 in wages earned in subject employment, or
  2. You must have worked 500 hours of subject employment.

Oregon Unemployment Benefits are payable only if you are eligible.  Common issues which require investigation and could result in you not receiving benefits include:

  • Quitting your job;
  • Being fired or suspended from work;
  • Missing an opportunity for work during a week you claim;
  • Refusing work;
  • Turning down or not contacting the employer when referred by a WorkSource Oregon office;
  • Missing a scheduled orientation meeting with a WorkSource Oregon office;
  • Illness or injury;
  • Failing to look for work;
  • School attendance;
  • Being out of the area unless you are looking for work;
  • Not being willing or ready to take work;
  • Receiving retirement pay, vacation pay, or holiday pay;
  • Skipping a week without restarting your claim; and
  • Answering a question on your weekly claim in a way that raises an issue. read more

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