Here are numbers related to unemployment caused by the response to COVID-19.
824,000: The number of Oregonians who have filed for regular unemployment since March 15, 2020.
475,300: The number of people paid.
99%: Percent of claims processed.
306,800: 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.
104,500: The number of people paid PUA.
88,800: The number of people paid regular unemployment insurance.
54 minutes: The average wait time for Oregonians calling the department on Wednesday, up from 51 minutes the prior week.
$8.4 billion: Benefits paid to Oregonians.
6.1%: The Oregon unemployment rate.