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The Employment Building in Salem houses the central offices of the Employment Department. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

The Employment Building in Salem houses the central offices of the Employment Department. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

Present Duties

The Oregon State Employment Service was created in 1935 as a division of the Unemployment Compensation Commission. In the mid-1950s, the Oregon State Employment Service and the State Unemployment Compensation Commission came together under the Department of Employment. In the late 1960s, the Legislature moved the department to the newly-formed Department of Human Resources, and the agency became the Employment Division. It continued as a division until 1993 when the Legislature made it a separate agency and named it the Employment Department.

Through 38 WorkSource Centers and three Unemployment Centers, the department supports business and promotes employment, helping workers find suitable employment; provides qualified applicants for employers; supplies statewide and local labor market information; provides unemployment insurance benefits to workers temporarily unemployed through no fault of their own; and assures safe and quality child care.


Agency Subdivisions

Information about this agency's divisions, offices, programs, etc.


Contact Information

Mailing Address: 875 Union St. NE, Salem 97311
Telephone: 503-947-1470; Toll-free: 1-800-237-3710
Fax: 503-947-1472
General E-mail:
Contact: Lisa Nisenfeld, Director
Administrative Rules Coordinator E-mail: Carolyn Moir
Records Officer E-mail: Annette Simpkins
Staff Directory from
Location Map: by Yahoo! Maps

Legal and Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS 657.601
Budget Analysis (pdf) - by Legislative Fiscal Office
Audit Reports - select agency from menu

Records, Publications and General Information

Agency History (pdf) - a detailed history of the agency
Records Retention Schedule (pdf) - a list of the public records kept at the agency
State Archives Holdings - a select list of the agency's records available for research at the State Archives
State Library Publications - a link to the Oregon State Library Catalog