Oklahoma Unemployment Insurance

What is Oklahoma Unemployment Insurance Benefit?

Unemployment Insurance Benefit is a joint Federal and State program that provides unemployment benefits to eligible workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own (as determined under State law), and meet other eligibility requirements of State law.  The unemployment benefits are funded through unemployment insurance (UI) tax paid by the employers.

All states require a worker to have earned a certain amount of wages or to have worked for a certain period of time (or both) within the base period to be monetarily eligible to receive any Unemployment benefits.  You cannot claim unemployment insurance if you only worked for one week at the job.

If you quit a job, you can not get unemployment benefits. You must be laid off or terminated through no fault of your own.

How to Apply for Oklahoma Unemployment Insurance Benefits?

If you have been fired or terminated recently, you can apply for Oklahoma Unemployment Benefits using the following method.

To file a UI claim online:
https://unemployment.state.ok.us/instructions.asp?x=n

To file a claim by telephone number:
http://www.ok.gov/oesc_web/Services/Unemployment_Insurance/UI_Claimant_Info.html

How much are Oklahoma Unemployment Benefits?

Your Unemployment Benefits depends on your based period, the average wage in three months.  The basic base period is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters prior to the calendar quarter in which the claim is effective.

The maximum weekly Oklahoma Unemployment Benefit is $440.  You must re-certify each week and be actively seeking employment during your unemployment.

State Year Maximum Weekly Unemployment Benefit UI Term
Oklahoma 2014-2015 $440 26 Weeks

How long can you receive Oklahoma Unemployment Benefit?

In general, you can receive up to 26 weeks of unemployment benefit.  During periods of high unemployment, Unemployment benefits claimants may collect more weeks of benefits.

Oklahoma Unemployment Insurance Frequently Asked Questions:

  • When should I apply for Oklahoma Unemployment Insurance?  As soon as possible.  Unemployment Insurance benefits are not retroactive.
  • What are the Oklahoma Unemployment Insurance Eligibility Requirements? You must meet the following: a) Out of work due to no fault of your own b) Physically able to work c) Actively seeking work d) Ready to accept work
  • How long can I get Oklahoma Unemployment Insurance?  Generally, you can claim Unemployment Insurance for a maximum of 26 weeks.
  • Are Oklahoma Unemployment Insurance benefits checks taxable?  Yes, Oklahoma Unemployment Insurance income is fully taxable and must be reported.  You also have to report UI income on the Federal tax return.

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Oklahoma Unemployment Insurance Online and Contact Information:

Contact the Oklahoma Department of Labor for more information on Unemployment Insurance Benefits.

General Information about the Unemployment Insurance Program: http://www.ok.gov/oesc_web/

If you have questions concerns or would just like to send a comment, please email OESCHelps@oesc.state.ok.us or call (855) 962-4651.