Unemployment insurance benefits raised for 2017


The amount paid to those filing for unemployment insurance benefits has increased.

This is a slight raise in numbers. The higher wage growth in 2016 resulted in a 2.2 to a 2.4 percent increase.

"Basically any new benefit or any new claim that was filed as of last Sunday and those who are currently on unemployment benefits will continue to receive the same amount that they have already received," Craig Spivey of the Oregon Unemployment Department says.

The maximum weekly benefit amount someone can receive will increase from $590 to $604, while the minimum amount will increase from $138 to $141.

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