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Oregon was among the slowest at paying jobless benefits after pandemic hit – OregonLive

The state was playing catch-up all year long, even as many people’s financial circumstances deteriorated.

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Oregon moved more slowly than most states addressing the deluge of jobless benefits claims during the early months of the coronavirus pandemic, with tens of thousands of laid-off workers routinely waiting weeks or months for their money.
While every state struggled to pay benefits during an unprecedented wave of layoffs last spring, Oregon appears to have been exceptionally slow. The state was often less than half as likely to pay claims within the standard, three-week federal benchmark for tim…

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