New Oregon Unemployment Program Launching Soon To Help Self-Employed And Contractors Out Of Work

Portland, Ore. – New unemployment help is almost here for self-employed Oregonians, contractors, and gig workers who are off the job. The Oregon Employment Department says they’re close to launching the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, that’s meant to help those workers. They are currently testing the system over the next few days. Once it’s ready and open, self-employed and contractor workers can apply for their benefits. You can sign up here for alerts to be notified when the PUA program launches.

On Sunday, Oregon Governor Kate Brown Apologized for unemployment delays. She tweeted “I hear your frustration,” and says she’s committing to making sure eligible Oregonians receive the maximum benefits available, as quickly as possible. A record one in six Oregonians have filed for unemployment since the stay-at-home orders were issued.

The Oregon Employment Department has a Youtube video about the Self Employment Assistance Program. The SEA program is  an option for Unemployment Insurance claimants who have been identified as likely to run out of benefits before they return to work.  Claimants are identified using a computerized mathematical formula called worker profiling. SEA program participants may attend SEA counseling/training and can engage in self-employment activities on a full-time basis. Participants must complete both a written business plan and a market feasibility study. The program operates as a collaborative effort between the Oregon Employment Department, and the Small Business Development Center Network (SBDC). Read more here

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