Oklahoma Unemployment Guide

If you've recently lost your job in Oklahoma, you may be eligible for Oklahoma Unemployment Insurance benefits. This is a guide to filing your claim for Oklahoma unemployment benefits. Since each situation may have its own unique circumstances, make sure you check with the contact numbers and websites listed below to make sure you get the maximum benefits you can claim.



Filing for Unemployment:

Unemployed Oklahoma workers can file an initial claim for unemployment benefits one of two ways:

  1. Online – File your initial unemployment claim online
  2. Telephone – File your unemployment claim using the IVR telephone system at 405-525-1500 (Oklahoma City area) or 800-555-1554 (Outside Oklahoma City area)


File your claim right away after you've stopped working – don't delay. Your claim starts the week you file. Unemployment benefits are not retroactive, so if you delay you may lose benefits.

  • Name, address & phone
  • SSN & date of birth
  • Name, address, phone number, gross earnings, occupation, dates worked, and reason for separation for all employers for the past 18 months
  • If you were discharged from the military in the last 18 months, you'll need Copy #4 of your DD Form 214
  • If you were a Federal employee in the last 18 months, you'll need SF 8 or SF 50 (or W2 or pay stubs)
  • If you are not a US Citizen, you'll need your Alien Registration Number, expiration, and type


After filing your initial unemployment claim, you will receive a Notice of Determination of Benefits, describing benefits, eligibility and giving additional information.

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Filing Your Weekly Claim:

Oklahoma weekly unemployment benefits are based on approximately 50% of your the average weekly earnings, from a minimum of $16 per week up to a maximum of $409 per week (depending on number of dependents). Federal Additional Compensation (FAC) currently adds an additional $25 per week to your benefit.

Unemployed Oklahoma workers can file weekly unemployment claims one of two ways:

  1. Online – File your initial unemployment claim online
  2. Telephone – File your unemployment claim using the IVR telephone system at 405-525-1500 (Oklahoma City area) or 800-555-1554 (Outside Oklahoma City area)


Filing weeks are from 12:01am Sunday to midnight Saturday.

Beware of the Waiting Week. Your first week of benefits is called a "waiting week" – this means you will not be paid benefits during your first week of eligibility, but you must still file a claim to get credit for waiting.

After you have completed the waiting week, your unemployment benefit payment should be available the next business day after your weekly filing. Unemployment benefits are paid by debit card or direct deposit. Expect a 10 day period to set up direct deposit with your bank.


Unemployment Benefits:

Health care benefits may also be available through the Health Coverage Tax Credit - Check COBRA and The IRS for details.

Oklahoma workers may be eligible for online career assistance. You may also find career and training assistance at Oklahoma's Workforce Centers.


Filing for extensions:

If an extended benefit period is declared, based on unemployment rates, and it appears that you qualify, you will be notified with instructions to extend your unemployment benefits.


Ending Unemployment:

When you return to work, file for credit for the remaining few days you didn't work, and report wages earned for the week. Make sure to contact your unemployment service center for instructions, to make sure you receive all the benefits you are due.


FAQ:

Make sure to keep a copy of your work search record. You may be required to supply copies to the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.

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