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Issue Position: House Bill 3655

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This bill passed the House on February 4th by a unanimous vote. It authorizes $19 million in additional unemployment benefits to Oregon workers. According to the Employment Department, the benefits will provide between two to six weeks of benefits per recipient. There are approximately 18,600 unemployed Oregon workers expected to benefit from this additional funding. With our state's unemployment rate hovering around the 11% for the past year, these benefits will provide needed assistance to many unemployed Oregonians. There will be no additional fees assessed to Oregon businesses for this extension of benefits. They are already included in a previous unemployment insurance fee increase.


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