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Are you willing to actively look for a job?


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Did your employer pay unemployment taxes ("Covered Employment")?


Did you earn at least $ 1500 in the base period in

Base period is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters. If you are filing today, base period is Jul 2014 - Sep 2014 to Apr 2015 - Jun 2015


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Did you quit your last job due to unsafe working conditions, not being paid, discrimination and / or health and safety risks?


Were you fired for no fault of your own?


Were you laid off for no fault of your own?


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CALL: 1-800-555-1554 to file an unemployment if you live anywhere outside the metropolitan calling area of Oklahoma City. (405)525-1500 if you live within the metropolitan calling area of Oklahoma City (8am - 4pm, Mon - Fri) except for state holidays.

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State Name: Oklahoma

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Disclaimer: The estimates are given in good faith and accuracy is not guaranteed. We are not liable for loss or damage caused by the tools on our website.

    State: Oklahoma (OK)
    Phone Number: 1-800-555-1554 to file an unemployment if you live anywhere outside the metropolitan calling area of Oklahoma City. (405)525-1500 if you live within the metropolitan calling area of Oklahoma City (8am - 4pm, Mon - Fri) except for state holidays.
    File Online: https://unemployment.state.ok.us/
    Major Towns: Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Norman, Broken Arrow, Lawton, Edmond, Moore, Midwest City, Enid, and Stillwater

    Current Unemploymnet Rate in Oklahoma

    Oklahoma Unemployment Questions

    When should I apply for benefits?
    You may apply as soon as you become unemployed. Your application cannot be made retroactive beyond the week in which it is filed.

    Can anyone apply for unemployment compensation benefits?
    Yes. However, to qualify you must be unemployed at the time of filing or working less than full-time and earning wages less than your weekly benefit amount. You must have a minimum of $1500 in covered wages in your base period and your total base period wages must be 1½ times your high quarter wages. If you are not a citizen, you must present evidence to establish you were lawfully admitted to the United States during the period of your employment.

    Will I automatically qualify if I file a claim?
    No. You must first establish monetary eligibility. This means that you must have adequate wages in your base period to establish eligibility.

    What can keep me from qualifying for benefits?

    You may have enough covered wages in your base period and still be denied for other reasons. Some of the reasons for disqualification are listed below.

    You may be disqualified if you:

    • were discharged or fired for misconduct
    • voluntarily quit without good cause
    • are not able and available for work
    • are not a U. S. citizen and not authorized to work
    • have limited the wages, hours, days, or areas of a job you would accept
    • do not report for or satisfactorily participate in reemployment services
    • are self employed
    • are involved in a strike
    • are not looking for work
    • refuse suitable work

    The law imposes a special "between-terms" disqualification whereby certain college and school employees cannot be paid benefits for any week of unemployment which begins during the period between two successive academic years or terms. Also, professional athletes cannot be paid benefits for weeks of unemployment between two successive sports seasons.

    If I am monetarily eligible, (I have the required wages in my base period) will I receive benefits?
    Not necessarily. The monetary eligibility of an application means only that you have sufficient qualifying wages. After an application is monetarily allowed, OESC must determine if you meet all of the eligibility requirements. The first payable week of unemployment is your waiting week - no benefits can be paid for that week. You will not be paid benefits for that period of unemployment if you were discharged for misconduct or if you quit your employment without good cause connected to the work.

    What should I have ready when I apply for my claim?

    Your Social Security Number will be required to process any unemployment claim. Have the name and address and dates of work for the last employer for whom you worked.

    If you are a veteran who separated from the armed forces in the past 18 months, we will need a copy of your DD-214 (member 4). If you were a federal civilian employee in the same period of time, we'll need a copy of your SF-8 or SF-50. If you had out-of-state employment in the past 18 months, you will need to provide the name(s) and address(es) of these employer(s).

    Can I file a claim outside of Oklahoma?
    Individuals who worked in Oklahoma during the base period who now live out of state may file their claims for Unemployment by telephone or the Internet.To file by Internet, simply go to unemployment claims section to file your claim for benefits. To file by telephone, you may call 1-800-555-1554 to establish a claim between the hours of 8:00am to 4:00pm (Central Time) Monday through Friday (except for State holidays).

    If I am denied benefits do I have any recourse?
    If you disagree with the decisions of the Commission you may file an appeal to the determination by following the directions on your determination. All appeals must be filed timely. The determination will give instructions on when you appeal must be filed.

    Will my employer be notified?
    Yes. We are required by law to notify your last employer of 15 days or more that you have applied for benefits, and to obtain from them the information needed to process your application.

Questions & Answers

  1. Tim McKinney says:

    I have just retired from my job as school custodian for over twenty years and my retirement will not kick in for a month or so. Am I elegible for temporary assistance until my retirement kicks in? Thank you.

  2. Ashlie says:

    I’m trying to call in my weekly claim and after I enter my ss # it says your claim cannot be completed at this time please call back later.. Goodby. What’s going on? It’s never done this before

    • Martin says:

      Please note this is a private forum. Please use the option where you can speak to a person on the telephone if you’re having issues.

  3. Jerry Hada says:

    I have been self-employed since 2005. Due to the slow down in the oil field I have become unemployed. Can I draw unemployment benefits from the company I worked for prior to my self employment?

  4. Arma Gatewood says:

    Found site that listed benefit amounts paid and date. Cannot found now. It listed on June 28th I was paid weekly amount but this was not deposited on my Oklahoma card .I called three days in a row .No deposit.I thought claim over and threw everything away.Tried to call 800-555-1554 numerous times trying to get through. Impossible,waiting times to speak to representative 64-112 minutes.I was never paid that week.Have not been able to speak to a human being about this. This I called And there was a deposit. Going to bank to see if I can indeed withdraw funds.Don’t know if this is screw up or payment for missed week-just concerned whether it is since have another payment or what the deal is and why everywhere I check says I was paid weekly amount for the week ending June 28th

  5. Patsy Quiring says:

    I think I have applied for Oklahoma Unemployment Insurance on line. How can I verify that this is completed? Thank you…………Patsy Quiring

  6. THOMAS says:


    • Adrian says:

      Resignation or voluntarily unemployment may be a barrier if you decide to quit and apply.

      Please check with the labor dept in your state.

  7. Kaye says:

    I had been on my job for a week when I learned that I had to have eye surgery. I do ultrasound. Peoples lives depend on my eyesight.
    I had 2 wait for my insurance to kick in almost 6 weeks. After my employer learned of this he started nitpicking my work and wrote me up twice. When I was finally eligible to have the surgery they told me they couldn’t gaurantee my job. When I went back my job had been filled. Do I qualify?

    • Adrian says:

      Depends. Looks like they wrongfully terminated you.

      Please go ahead and consider applying for UI benefits if you are now ready to work.

  8. Roxann says:

    I am a mid 30s mother of three my children live with there father.I have no Ged or high school diploma.I have had 4jobs since 2012.My question is am I eligible to be considered for unemployment?

    • Adrian says:

      Depends on various factors.Hope you have read the benefits page thoroughly.

      There is no harm in trying.Please consider filing for benefits.

  9. Jennifer says:

    My company was recently bought by a new company and they are offering me the same position but in another town which I will not be able to accept due to gas cost and milage. Since this is a change in the parameters of my job expectation, will I qualify for unemployment?

    • kathy says:

      If the situation is compelling enough – distance is extreme – you may be found eligible. Do your best to preserve the employment relationship.

  10. adam says:

    Hello, I work with the disabled, and transport to and from work, to activities, and various appts. The other week I went to the eye doc for an issue ive had for years and was informed I shouldn’t even be driving.Long story short, I am currently taking vacation while management figure out something, and I could work on transportation to and from work. What if they cannot find a placement for me, or they decide my “low vision” is a liability. In any event any position they find will not be permanent. What can I do.

  11. kenny says:

    I WAS TOLD MY HOURS WOULD BE CUT TO ONLY 1 hour weekly.Will I be able to get paid for loss of hours.I HAVE BEEN THERE OVER 2 YEARS – 40+ hrs.

    • Baggie says:

      Hi Kenny,

      All significant reduction in working hours can help you receive unemployment benefits but you will have to meet other eligibility requirements as well.

  12. Bryan says:

    I was just notified that due to funds I will be laid off on May 15th. Can I start the unemployment benefits process now and not wait until the 15th? Thank you.

    • Baggie says:

      Hi Bryan,

      You will have to wait until after may 15th to apply, but you can go ahead and keep all the necessary documents ready. You will have to serve a waiting week during which you will not receive any payment. Please remember that your earnings in the base period also determines your eligibility and the amount you receive as unemployment benefits.

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