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Unemployment Insurance: Oregon

Unemployment Insurance requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Iris Tilley, Barran Liebman LLP


  • Unemployment insurance is a nationwide program created to provide partial wage replacement to unemployed workers while they conduct an active search for work. Unemployment insurance is a joint federal-state program based on federal law and executed through state law. See Oregon Unemployment Insurance.
  • Employers finance unemployment insurance with state and federal tax contributions. The Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) was created to finance all administrative expenses of the federal/state unemployment insurance system and the federal costs involved in providing benefits. The Oregon unemployment tax is used only for the payment of regular benefits to qualified unemployed workers. See Oregon Unemployment Insurance.
  • Oregon unemployment insurance is provided under the Oregon Unemployment Insurance Law and is administered by the Oregon Employment Department. Most employers are subject to the Oregon Unemployment Insurance Law. See Oregon Unemployment Insurance.
  • Unemployment benefits will generally last for up to 26 weeks. See Benefits.
  • Claimants must meet certain requirements in order to be eligible for unemployment benefits. See Eligibility.
  • Employers must follow specified notice and posting requirements. See Notice and Posting Requirements.
  • Oregon offers the Work Share Program, a voluntary program to help employers retain a group of employees who would otherwise have been laid off. See Work Share Program.