Oregon jobs and wages are up in latest state report

Oregon Employment Department officials report that jobs are up, the unemployment rate is down, as special federal unemployment benefits end Sept. 4.

Even as Oregon continues to regain jobs lost up to 18 months ago, state officials are preparing for an end to the special federal benefits that have helped unemployed workers through the coronavirus pandemic.

The unemployment benefits will end Sept. 4 — technically on Labor Day, but Oregon and most states end their claims week on Saturdays — and the cutoff will affect many of the more than 100,000 Oregonians receiving them now, perhaps as many as 80,000.