The Oregon Employment Department's Unemployment Insurance online claim system, pictured on Friday, April 17, 2020.

The Oregon Employment Department's Unemployment Insurance online claim system, pictured on Friday, April 17, 2020.

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The Oregon Employment Department says it is preparing for a surge in unemployment claims after Gov. Kate Brown announced a statewide “freeze” to combat the spread of COVID-19. The department has struggled with delays in getting people unemployment benefits throughout the pandemic. We speak with OED acting director David Gerstenfeld.

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