The mission of the Employment Department is to support business and promote employment by providing unemployment insurance benefits to those who are out of work through no fault of their own, by matching qualified job seekers to businesses who need their skills and by providing timely and accurate economic and labor market information.
With the passage of the Social Security Act in 1935, the federal government laid the groundwork for the unemployment insurance program. The State Unemployment Compensation Commission was formed in 1935 and, in January of 1938, the first unemployment check, for $15, was issued to James H. Allen in Ontario.
In 1957, a division was formed to research and collect unemployment and economic data. That Research Division was combined with the State Employment Service and the State Unemployment Compensation Commission to form the Department of Employment in 1959.
In 1971, the Legislature established the Department of Human Resources (DHR), with Employment as one of its divisions. The Employment Division operated within DHR until 1993, when Governor Barbara Roberts signed legislation to form the Employment Department.
Today, the department employs approximately 1,200 staff providing vital services to Oregonians, including managing the state’s unemployment insurance program, offering job search assistance to individuals, helping businesses find quality workers, providing up-to-date labor market information and providing fair and impartial administrative hearings.
Information about this agency's divisions, offices, programs, etc.
Mailing Address: 875 Union St. NE, Salem 97311
Telephone: 503-947-1470; Toll-free: 1-800-237-3710
Contact: Kay Erickson, Director
Legal and Legislative Information
Statutory Authority: ORS 657
Records, Publications and General Information
State Archives Holdings from This Agency
The following are selected abbreviated listings from the holdings of the Oregon State Archives. Additional records may be available. These records may be viewed free of charge at the State Archives Building in Salem. Copies are available for a fee. Take the Web tour for more information about visiting or ordering copies from the Oregon State Archives.
Title: Administrative Correspondence
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Title: Annual Reports
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Title: Informational Representative's records
Cubic Ft.: 12
Title: Manpower Coordinating Committee Cooperative Area Reports
Cubic Ft.: 1
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Cubic Ft.: 9
Title: Report of Current and Anticipated Employment
Cubic Ft.: .25
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Title: Unemployment Compensation Commission Application Cards
Cubic Ft.: 18
Title: Unemployment Compensation Commission Bulletins and Publications
Cubic Ft.: 7
Title: Unemployment Compensation Commission Minutes
Cubic Ft.: 2
Title: Weekly Progress Reports
Cubic Ft.: 1.25