For Malheur County’s unemployed, new requirements coming into play

Malheur County workers who have been automatically getting unemployment benefits soon will have to show they are actively looking for work to continue getting the assistance.

The change goes into effect the week of July 25 as the state returns to pre-pandemic requirements.

The Oregon Employment Department also announced the state will continue supplemental federal benefits of $300 per week through September. 

Starting last March, Oregon joined other states in suspending certain requirements that unemployed workers had to meet to be eligible for regular benefits. 

Under standard rules, Oregonians seeking benefits had to show that they were able to work, available and actively looking for a job for each week they were seeking benefits. The Employment Department plans to reinstate these requirements in phases over the next two months as vaccination rates increase and Covid cases . . .