Here are 10 numbers related to unemployment caused by the response to COVID-19.
538,500: The number of Oregonians who have filed for regular unemployment since March 15.
56,900: The number of Oregonians who filed for regular unemployment during a comparable period last year.
1,034: Initial claims for regular unemployment remaining to be processed.
1,070: Number of employees processing claims.
120,687: Number of claims received for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), the program for self-employed and gig workers who don’t qualify for regular unemployment.
36,039: The number of PUA claims paid.
37 minutes: The average wait time for Oregonians calling the department on Wednesday.
2,582: The number of calls answered on Tuesday.
$2.3 billion: The amount paid to Oregonians in federal pandemic employment compensation, the extra $600 per week approved by Congress.
$3.6 billion: Benefits paid to Oregonians.
11.2%: The Oregon unemployment rate.