Applying for Oklahoma Unemployment Benefits

Eligibility Requirements, Application Procedure, and Payment Amounts

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Whether you recently moved to Oklahoma or have been a long-time resident, losing a job in the state can be devastating for your personal finances, but you may be entitled to Unemployment Benefits, depending on the circumstances of your termination.

Basic eligibility requirements for unemployment benefits in Oklahoma center around your previous earnings and the nature of termination, so you'll need to determine how much in wages you earned in the year prior to the beginning of the most recent completed calendar quarter in order to determine your unemployment compensation.

For example, if you will be filing in April, you need to look at the previous completed calendar quarter, ending March 31, and count back one year from its beginning on January 1. You are eligible if, in that time, you earned at least $1,500 from an insured employer and your total wages are at least one and a half times your highest calendar quarter.

It is a good idea to file immediately upon becoming unemployed. The sooner you file, the sooner you will begin receiving your benefits. There is a "waiting week" the first week of unemployment in which no benefits can be paid. If you need more information than is provided here, get in touch with the Unemployment Service Center in Oklahoma City.

Eligibility Requirements for Unemployment in Oklahoma

Along with proving income in the last fiscal year, there are a number of other eligibility requirements you'll need to meet in order to qualify for governmental assistance in the state of Oklahoma.

One of the most popular questions is whether someone who has quit his or her job is eligible to receive unemployment, and the short answer is no, leaving a job voluntarily will not allow you to receive benefits unless you can show there was a very good cause.

To be eligible for unemployment benefits, you must be available and actively seeking work, and you will likely be denied unemployment benefits if you were fired for misconduct, have limited hours you can work, are not authorized to work in the United States, or are involved in a strike.

Unemployed individuals outside of Oklahoma can still apply for Oklahoma benefits but only on wages earned in the state of Oklahoma.

Benefits Amounts and Application Procedure

If approved, unemployment benefits can be paid until the total reaches $10,600, and Oklahoma figures weekly benefit amounts by taking 1/23 of your highest earnings over the "first four of the last five completed calendar quarters." The amount can never exceed $505 weekly and cannot be less than $16.

Application for unemployment benefits can be filed online or by calling the Unemployment Service Center in Oklahoma City. When applying, have ready your social security number or driver's license number, the physical information of your last employer, and the dates during which you worked there.

If approved, you must file weekly claims—with weeks starting on Sunday and ending on Saturday. They must be filed within 14 days of the week ending date, and all wages earned while unemployed must be reported when filing your claim because this income affects your benefit amount.