Bonus Index: Jobs by the numbers

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

566,100: The number of Oregonians who have filed for regular unemployment since March 15.

71,000: The number of Oregonians who filed for regular unemployment during a comparable period last year.

1,036: Initial claims for regular unemployment remaining to be processed.

1,100: Number of employees processing claims.

160,632: 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.

54,070: The number of PUA claims paid.

53 minutes: The average wait time for Oregonians calling the department on Wednesday.

2,377: The number of calls answered on Wednesday.

Unknown: The number of calls received Wednesday.

$4.4 billion: Benefits paid to Oregonians.

7.7%: The Oregon unemployment rate, down from 10.4% in July.

 

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