More than 215,000 Oregonians were receiving unemployment as of January 23, 2010. This compares with about 145,000 in the same week of January, 2009. That's a 48% increase in a year.
It's also up 1% from the previous week's 212,249.
On the positive side, telephone wait time at unemployment insurance centers has dropped from an average of 40 minutes last year to 10 minutes this year.