New claims for unemployment in Oregon rose last week over the previous week, while the total number of people receiving jobless benefits fell, according to the state Employment Department.
For the week ending April 24, the state recorded 9,890 initial claims for unemployment, an increase of 2,946 over the week ending April 17, according to a news release. However, the number of new claims filed last week was down 2,469 over the number filed during the same week in 2009.
The total number receiving unemployment benefits last week, 197,573, was a drop of 4,249 from the week before, the news release stated. But last week’s total increased 23,860 over the total receiving benefits during the same week in 2009.
Job listings showed signs of improvement, the Employment Department reported. The number of openings increased more than 2,500 from the previous week, the news release stated.
For information on job openings, visit www.emp.state.or.us/jobs.