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Oregonians collecting regular unemployment benefits will soon be required to actively search for work in order to keep those benefits. In normal times, Oregonians receiving unemployment benefits must attest they are able, available and actively seeking work. The pandemic upended that. With businesses shuttered, changes at the federal and state level allowed the Employment Department to pause or modify such requirements.
Now, as vaccinations increase, the economy reopens, and employers report difficulty finding workers, the agency said it was time to begin rolling back some changes. The agency said it would share more information on its website Friday. The work search requirement will not kick in immediately. Gerstenfeld said the return to more normal benefit requirements will occur in phases.
Gerstenfeld said the next phase will involve one-on-one discussions between job seekers and staff from local WorkSource programs. Gerstenfeld acknowledged that many people still face barriers to work, including health concerns and lack of child care. He said the agency has no plans to end federal benefit programs early. Oregon's unemployment rate parked at 6. Long-term unemployment rose to its highest level in years. Streaming Now. The Takeaway. OPB's First Look newsletter up to get important news and culture from around the Northwest, delivered to your inbox six days a week.
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