COVID: Oregon will apply for federal lost wages assistance

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon is joining the list of states that is applying for the federal government’s new assistance for unemployed workers. State officials said, if approved, people would receive $300 per week, for an estimated three to five weeks. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 500,000 people in Oregon have filed for unemployment. Last week, Oregon launched a $35 million relief check program that was created to issue a one-time payment of $500 to 70,000 Oregonians still waiting for unemployment benefits.   Just three days later, the program ended after all the checks had been distributed.