While some states have been cutting unemployment insurance for the long-term unemployed, Oregon has made its benefits more generous.
People laid off through no fault of their own are eligible for up to 99 weeks of aid in 25 states. But last month, Oregon lawmakers gave the long-term unemployed an additional six weeks of benefits. That means that in Oregon, where the unemployment rate stands tall at 10 percent, so-called “99ers” — people who’ve burned through all 99 weeks without finding work — can now theoretically become “105ers.”
Last week was the first payable week of the brand-new Oregon Emergency Benefits program. Portland resident Harold Treinen told HuffPost he’d started receiving the benefits last week after joining the ranks of the 99ers about a month ago.