Oregon Temporary Distress Methodology

Temporary Methodology

The temporary methodology will be used when the current unemployment rate in Oregon exceeds eight percent. To determine whether a county is distressed, one factor is examined: the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the county (for the period in which the most recent data is available).

If a county's unemployment rate exceeds eight percent in a month in which Oregon's unemployment rate exceeds eight percent, the county is distressed. All places and cities within a distressed county are considered distressed.

When a county's unemployment rate falls below eight percent, it will remain distressed for 180 days or until the regular distressed communities list is published, whichever is less.

Any county that is unable to qualify as distressed under the temporary methodology is not distressed. All cities and places within a county that is not distressed also are not distressed. Any city or place within a county that is unable to qualify as distressed under the temporary methodology may seek distressed status by filling a temporary distressed petition.

Temporary Distressed Petition

Any city or place not considered distressed may submit a formal petition asking for temporary distressed status. Temporary distressed petitions will describe in narrative form local conditions that warrant temporary distressed status. Local conditions may include, but are not limited to, first-source anecdotal discussions of changes in employment, temporary layoffs, furloughs, firm closures, firm idlings, reduced sales revenue, home foreclosure rates, welfare assistance and unemployment assistance.

The temporary distressed status granted under the petitions will last no longer than 180 days or until the normal distressed communities list is published.

Temporary Methodology Sunset

If Oregon's current unemployment rate falls below eight percent, the regular distressed communities' methodology will be used in December of the same year. The distressed communities list will be published at this time. All counties, cities and places will maintain their temporary distressed status until the distressed communities list is published.