Oregon’s unemployment rate jumped another tenth of a percentage point in November, though people are being hired. Unemployment here is still higher than the national average. Oregon is starting a study of the effects of long term unemployment on individuals’ future wages. There’s also a debate about the whether unemployment benefits discourage people from getting back to work.
We’ll hear from people on this show who’ve been unemployed a long time about how they are managing. What are you seeing or experiencing? How has Oregon’s high unemployment rate affected you? Even with the extension of the federal benefits program, Oregon is expecting thousands of people a week to reach the end of benefits this spring. How will this affect the state?
- Cathy and Paul Beauchesne: unemployed couple in Bend who have depended heavily on unemployment insurance benefits
- Greg Rosen: co-founder American 99ers Union, unemployed since 2008, has exhausted all 99 weeks of unemployment insurance benefits
- Tom Fuller: communications manager for WorkSource Oregon
- Russ Meyer: freelance writer, unemployed since 2008
- Phil Levine: professor of economics at Wellesley College