Bonus Index: Jobs by the numbers

Here are 10 numbers related to unemployment caused by the response to COVID-19.

548,000: The number of Oregonians who have filed for regular unemployment since March 15.

61,600: The number of Oregonians who filed for regular unemployment during a comparable period last year.

1,031: Initial claims for regular unemployment remaining to be processed.

1,100: Number of employees processing claims.

135,616: 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.

43,046: The number of PUA claims paid.

31 minutes: The average wait time for Oregonians calling the department on Tuesday.

2,637: The number of calls answered on Tuesday.

$3.9 billion: Benefits paid to Oregonians.

10.4%: The Oregon unemployment rate, down from 11.2% in June.


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