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Filing an Unemployment Claim – Oklahoma

  1. Am I eligible to receive benefits?

    You must be unemployed through no fault of your own, and you must have earned sufficient wages in your base period (the first 4 of the last 5 completed calendar quarters before the start date of your claim). Also, you must be able and available for full-time work.

  2. How do I apply for benefits in Oklahoma?

    You can apply online https://unemployment.state.ok.us/, or over the phone.

  3. How much will I receive?

    Your benefit amount will depend on your base period wages, but it will not be less than $16. The maximum amount is dependent on the conditional factor of the trust fund.

  4. How long will I receive these benefits?

    The length of time that you will receive benefits is also based on how much you made during the base period, but not more than 26 weeks.

  5. After I start receiving benefits, what do I have to do to remain eligible?

    You must continue to file weekly. Also, you must continue to be able and available for full-time work. You must actively seek employment, while keeping a record of your work search activities. To be actively seeking work, you must contact 2 employers each week you file, and you may not repeat employers from a previous week until 4 weeks have passed since you last contacted them. Finally, you must accept suitable work.

  6. I was turned down for benefits. How do I appeal this decision?

    You must appeal within 10 days of the mailing date of the decision for denial. You can file your appeal by mail, by fax, by email, by telephone, or in person. The mailing address, fax number, telephone number, and email address will be included in your decision for denial. Also, you must keep filing your weekly claims regularly because you will only be paid for weeks you filed if you win your appeal.

  7. For more information on Oklahoma’s unemployment insurance laws:

    Visit the State of Oklahoma Website http://www.ok.gov/oesc_web/Services/Unemployment_Insurance/UI_Claimant_Info.html

    Read the Claimant Handbook http://www.ok.gov/oesc_web/documents/Reemployment%20Assistance%20for%20the%20Unemployed%20-%20Revised%20July%202014v2.pdf

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