Benefits of Filing for Oklahoma Unemployment

Workers in Oklahoma City, Tulsa and many other areas of Oklahoma have been affected by company closures and job losses. With an economy that remains challenging, it can be a struggle for you and your family to feel financially and emotionally secure while you’re unemployed. Thankfully, Oklahoma unemployment benefits are a valid resource in hard times.

It is possible for you to apply for benefits as soon as you become unemployed. Your employer has paid unemployment taxes so workers like you can have this support. If you know you’re about to be laid off, you’ll have to wait until your first day of unemployment to file. Benefits you can expect from Oklahoma unemployment insurance include a weekly benefit amount. This amount is calculated as 1/23rd of your highest quarter taxable wages of your working base period. The least you can receive is $16 and the most is $358. The maximum benefit amount for the year is $7,400.

In Oklahoma, filing for unemployment is a straightforward process. You can go to the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission website at https://unemployment.state.ok.us/ to file online. You should be ready to input your Social Security Number and the name of your last employer. Also, you’ll need to have the employer’s address as well as the starting and ending date of your employment. Veterans and civilian employees of the federal government will need to provide additional forms. The OESC recommends that you file your claims weekly.

Outside the Oklahoma City metropolitan area, another option is to call (800)555-1554 to file by phone. If you live in Oklahoma City, you can call (405)525-1500. Someone can help you Monday through Friday, from 8:00am to 4:00pm.

You have two choices as to how to collect benefits. If you have a bank account, you can opt for Direct Deposit. Your second option is to receive the Oklahoma Debit MasterCard. This debit card allows your payments to arrive electronically. The card can then be used to buy items in stores or you can withdraw cash at ATMs. You won’t have to wait for a paper check to arrive in the mail. The OESC will automatically enroll you in the debit card program if you don’t want Direct Deposit.

Accessing your benefits doesn’t take too long and can help you provide for your family. Whether you’re in Oklahoma City or elsewhere, take the time to apply for unemployment as soon as possible.

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