The amount paid to people filing for unemployment insurance benefits has increased. The maximum weekly benefit amount someone can receive will increase from $567 to $590, while the minimum amount will increase from $133 to $138. The change affects new unemployment insurance claims filed on or after July 3, 2016. Those with existing unemployment claims will continue to receive the same weekly amount they have been receiving.
Under Oregon law, each year the Oregon Employment Department recalculates the maximum and minimum amounts of unemployment insurance benefits people can receive each week. The amounts are set as percentages of the average weekly wage earned by Oregonians. The minimum benefit amount is 15% of average weekly wage, and the maximum amount is 64%. Both dollar amounts are rounded down to the nearest dollar as required by law. Higher wage growth in 2015 resulted in a 3.8% increase to the minimum weekly benefit and a 4.1% increase in the maximum weekly benefit compared to a year ago.