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Updated : February 13th, 2019

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 (8 am - 4 pm, Mon - Fri) except for state holidays. If you are hearing-impaired or need to use a text telephone system to file your initial claim for benefits you may do so using the following telephone numbers: (800) 722-0353 (To have calls relayed) (800) 522-8506 (Voice Calls)
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. I was approved for unemployment benefits. When I file my weekly claim, do I report any last checks I receive later from my previous job? Or only if I worked that filing week?

  2. When Government was on Furlough this past January, several employees received “overpayment” statements and some did not. Why aren’t all required to repay the overpayment? If not able to explain why, I would like to know where to send a FOIA Request for Guidelines.

  3. I served a waiting week, 1/6 – 1/12, and I just filed for last week, 1/13 – 1/19, and it says that it’s a waiting week and not payable according to OK state law. I though it was just one waiting week?

    1. Johh,

      The Waiting week kicks in only after the process of determination is complete. Your assumption of the waiting week might not be correct. Please call the Claims Center for help.

    2. Mine did the same thing. But the following week when my claim was processed I had the pay for both my claimed week and the one prior.

  4. I received an overpayment audit in Oklahoma. If I want to pay the overpayment and not appeal it. Do I just wait until I receive my payment amount? What exactly do I do?

      1. Mary,

        You need to ask for 1099-G. It should be available for download on the Unemployment Office website. If not, please call the Claims Center for help.

  5. There wasn’t delay this week when I logged into my account this week. It said still being processed and then I called it said the same. Then logged in again and it said week paid and you can see the payment was approved. Thinking it was a computer delay but now when will it be available on my card? Usually when I wake up Monday’s it is there. Now since it went through today not sure if that means it will be available tomorrow?

  6. Can you receive benefits if you were being paid strictly commission? My employer technically gives 1099 I think….it was a salon and I was wrongfully terminated for sure been there a year in a half.

    1. Cory,

      Contract workers are generally not eligible since employers’ don’t remit Unemployment Taxes into the system. Please inquire further with the Unemployment Office in your state.

  7. Does commision and or bonuses count as part of your salary? So if your employer takes away your commision or bonuses is that good cause to quit?

    1. Zac,

      Any form of monetary income will be considered. For precise answers to your second question, please call the Unemployment Office.

  8. If your a teacher and were not asked back because of not having a position for you, not enough students can you receive UI? I have a reference letter that states I was let go due to numbers. I have almost 20 years experience. I
    called the claims office and they tell me it is s a separation issue with my former employer.

    1. Holly,

      You should be able to claim, provided you were asked to leave due to involuntary reasons. Please contact the Unemployment Office.

  9. I worked at a self storage and got robbed at gun point and injured I received 7 staples in my head and two days later I was fired

    1. Mike,

      If you’re working under threatening conditions, you can quit and claim UI benefits until you find a safe job. Hope you get well soon.

  10. I can’t file my claim , I tried online but it says there is a problem, then I tried the automated system and it tell me to try back at another time. Is anyone else having problems?

  11. I found out I was pregnant last December, kept having high blood pressure problems and some other health issues during the preganacy. First of June I had to take early maternity leave for those reasons. Had baby in July and I found out yesterday that the place I worked closed down due to state problems. Would I be able to file for unemployment

    1. Meagan,

      Unfortunately, personal reasons such as health conditions are not considered. UI benefits are only extended to those who lose employment due to involuntary reasons.

  12. How do I check claim status’ ? I am on my 3rd claim and I can’t not figure out how to check the status online? The option It provides, just brings me to the weekly claim questions.

  13. My sister isan asst. mgr at a grocery store..worked for employer 15+ yrs. Store is closing. Employer has offered her a job running a convenience store owned by employer but not open yet…will offer gas only at convenience store. She doesn’t want to work at a gas only convenience store…fear of security at a convenience store. Would she be eligible for UI benefits?

    1. Leroy,

      Please ask your sister to call the Unemployment Office for clarification before deciding to quit. People working under hostile conditions are eligible.

  14. I work for a hotel, i was recently promoted to Assistant General Manager about a year ago. Our hotel failed the quality evaluation inspection and because of this the ownership company is demoting me and moving me to another location. Its less pay and more drive time to and from my home. If i decline this offer will i still be eligible for unemployment benefits

    1. Johnson,

      I am not sure if you can be eligible due to voluntary reasons. Please check with the Unemployment Office before making a decision.

  15. I worked at a warehouse for over a year. They made some changes and we had to wear goggles, working with very hot water. I wear glasses, so these goggles mixed with the hot water caused my glasses to fog up all the time. The manager threatened to fire me for taking off my goggles and clear my glasses. So i had to quit my job due to the fact that i was concerned for my safety because i could not see properly. Can i get unemployment based on this?

    1. Amanda,

      You can be eligible to claim under threatening work conditions. Please consider applying and make sure to keep supporting documents handy in case of a dispute.

  16. I worked in home health had two clients one passed away the other family put her in nursing home said she would only be there for a short period of time 2or three weeks haven’t worked since June 27 con I get unemployment

    1. Vanessa,

      If your employer paid taxes into the state, you can be eligible. Please call the Unemployment Office for clarification.

  17. I am a school bus driver. I was in an accident which required me to have hand surgery. I continued to work, and my hand did not heal properly. I need another surgery on that hand and on the other also. I need to be off work to heal. Can I get unemployment while recovering?

    1. Teresa,

      I hope you get well soon. UI benefits are only extended to those who are able and available for work. If the injury is work related, please explore options under Workers Comp. scheme.

  18. took annual physical it looks good except for one thing iwas told since my accident if I have to stay on painkillers to work they couldnot pass me no narcotics my physical is on hold so if I caint do it on none narcotics then the would let me go am I eligible for unemploymeant

    1. You may not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

      Please contact the Unemployment Office to ascertain eligibility.

  19. Ian in HVAC my employer has dropped my hours more than half. Do I qualify for partial unemployement? If my boss fires me for doing that and he will do I qualify for full unemployment?

    1. If you are on the payroll of the company, you can apply for partial UI benefits. If he fires you for a reason that is not your fault, you can claim full benefits.

      Please find out if the employer remits the relevant taxes and apply accordingly.

  20. Husband has a “seasonal job” Works over 40hours 6-7months out of the year the past month he is only getting 15 hours if he is lucky. Can he file?

    1. Seasonal workers are generally not eligible due to the obvious nature of work.

      Please call the Unemployment Office for further information.

  21. HI, the company I work for as an assistant for almost 5 yrs is selling and the new company isn’t keeping any of the employees can I get unemployment?

  22. I have a question, i quit mt job recently due to working condition of the warehouse, we are working under 5 degrees F … too cold that we cant feel our hands, a lot of workers quits because of the working condition which was not disclosed to us when taking the job. Can i get approved for unemployment insurance.

    1. Yes, you can be eligible to claim UI benefits for quitting due to bad working conditions. Make sure to keep supporting proof handy in case of a “dispute” raised by your employer.

  23. I am drawing soc. sec.and working part time. I may lose my position due to factors beyond my control. Can I collect unemployment?

    1. You should be able to draw UI benefits as long as you continue looking for jobs.

      Please call the Unemployment Office for confirmation.

    1. Sorry, I did not understand.

      If you’re moving to another state with an active claim, you may consider getting it moved to the Unemployment Office of the new state.

  24. I have been working under a federal grant since fall 2012. I previously worked for the state in education. Due to budget cuts may be looking at a lay off. I am considered self employed. Could I be eligible for unemployment?

    1. Please check with your HR team if they pay relevant taxes into the system. If they do, you can be eligible to claim Unemployment Compensation.

  25. I was terminated due to having an epileptic seizure at work and was let go on March 4th, I called to get my unemployment started on the following Monday and it’s been 3 weeks now and haven’t received anything, will I get back pay?

  26. I was “let go” from my job, Fired or terminated was never mentioned in the exit. In addition I was unable to do my job as perceived because superiors would not rectify problems that allowed me to do my job. (ability to travel).

    1. If you’re inquiring about applying for Unemployment Insurance, you should be able to claim as long as you did not lose the job due to voluntary reasons.

      Please consider applying.


    1. Please call the claims center on the phone number provided in communication. The numbers are available on this site on this page.

  28. 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.

  29. 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

    1. 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.

  30. 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?

  31. 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

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


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

      Please check with the labor dept in your state.

  34. 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?

    1. Depends. Looks like they wrongfully terminated you.

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

  35. 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?

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

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

  36. 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?

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

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

    1. 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.

  39. 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.

    1. 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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