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How Long Do I Have to Work For to Collect Unemployment in Oregon?

Oregon considers an employer as having paid at least $1,000 in wages during any quarter or having employed at least one individual for a minimum of one day a week spanning a time of at least 18 weeks.

To qualify for unemployment insurance in Oregon, you must have worked during at least two quarters of the base period. Your total base period earnings must be a minimum of $1,000 and at least 1.5 times your HQW. Thus, the minimum required amount of earnings for the HQW is $667.


You must have been employed for a minimum of 500 hours during the base period.

Oregon offers both an extended base period and an alternate base period. The alternate base period, which considers the last four completed calendar quarters in the base period (instead of the first four), is available for those who fail to qualify under the regular base period. The extended base period is made to include up to four quarters preceding the injury/disability if:

–          you were disabled for most of a quarter during the regular base period


–          you received worker’s compensation

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