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The Unemployment Crisis Facing Working People

With a record 6.6 million Americans filing for unemployment benefits last week, the federal government must take greater action to protect working people from the extreme economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Congress needs to act immediately to provide more relief for workers after 6.6 million Americans filed for unemployment last week. That eclipses the record-shattering 3.28 million jobless claims from the week before.

The unemployment rate, which has been at a nearly 50-year low of 3.5 percent, is expected to shoot up, with some estimates putting it at 15 percent. Congress must ramp up its efforts to keep people on payrolls and provide relief to the unemployed in the next coronavirus legislation.

Oregon’s workforce is no exception. The Oregonian reportsan extraordinary 92,700 Oregonians filed new unemployment claims last week, eclipsing by 21% the record-setting tally set just one week earlier, according to data released Thursday from the Oregon Employment Department. Click here to see the latest numbers from the Oregon Employment Department.


For Oregonians facing unemployment, here are some helpful videos from the Oregon Employment Department:

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