The federal government is offering $100,000 in Oregon federal unemployment benefits to anyone who’s worked in Oregon and is eligible for unemployment benefits.
The Oregon Department of Labor (ODL) said it received about 8,000 applications from Oregon employees.
The state announced the expansion of the Oregon Unemployment Insurance program in January, and now offers $100.50 per month for those who work in Oregon.
People can claim the benefits up to a maximum of $250,000.
They can also get the maximum of three weeks of unemployment benefits if they work for an Oregon-based company that has at least 20 employees.
The federal program covers part-time workers and people with disabilities, with benefits for those earning up to $45,000 per year.
Employees who work for a small or medium business can receive benefits of up to two weeks of benefits, up to 50 percent of the employee’s pay, and up to 80 percent of their annual income.
For a person who works in a business with fewer than 20 employees, the maximum benefit is $100 per month.
People who work full-time for at least one month can claim $10,000 and can claim benefits for two months.
If they work a full year, they can claim up to 10 weeks of pay.
The ODL said Oregon unemployment benefits are not for people who are receiving benefits but have no other sources of income.
Oregon is the fifth state to offer benefits.
The Oregon Department to date has distributed about 4.5 million benefits to more than 13.7 million Oregonians.