About 3,000 Oregonians currently on unemployment are receiving their final checks this week. Oregon's Emergency Unemployment funds have run out.
Emergency unemployment is a fund set aside by the Oregon Legislature to help those still suffering in finding new jobs. If regular unemployment ran out, individuals could be eligible for emergency unemployment, an extended unemployment fund. Regular unemployment in Oregon lasts 26 weeks, and the emergency fund could extend it for another 13 weeks.
The Oregon Employment Department also has stated that about 64,000 more people could lose their benefits by the end of the year, without federal help. So far the U.S. Senate has voted not to extend Oregon benefits.
Oregon's unemployment rate for June was 10.5 percent. This was almost unchanged from May's rate of 10.6 percent, but this year's figures are slightly better than last year's. Oregon's unemployment rate for June 2009 was 11.6 percent.
Still, the drained funding will take its toll. The Oregon Housing Authority reported that homelessness is once more on the rise. In between the 2009 and 2010 count there was a 21 percent increase in people counted on the street, while the number of children increased by 36 percent.
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