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Oklahoma Unemployment Benefit Questions

How long may I receive benefits?

The law establishes the maximum amount you may draw during your benefit year. This amount depends on the conditional factor of the trust fund.
For claims effective January 1, 2013 and after the maximum benefit amount will be $8000.00. The maximum weekly benefit amount will be $386.00. Please note, these are the maximum allowable amounts. Your benefit amounts are dependent upon the wages you earned during the base period and hence you may receive less than the amounts listed.

What do I do if I am denied benefits?

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. Usually, parties have ten calendar days from the mail date of the determination to appeal the determination. Please continue to file your weekly claims during the appeals process to receive benefits if your are determined eligible.

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. Please note that unemployment benefit will not be granted to each applicant as this has many other requirements apart from the ones mentioned above and the most important one is, to have lost the job through no fault of your own.

Are Unemployment Benefits Taxable?

Unemployment Insurance benefits are subject to federal and state income tax. You must report unemployment benefits you receive when you file your income taxes. By January 31st of each year, the Commission will send you a form 1099-G with the amount of benefits you received the prior year. You may elect to have federal and state taxes withheld from your weekly unemployment benefits. If you choose to have the taxes withheld, federal taxes of 10% and state taxes of 3% will be deducted from the gross amount of your payment each week.

How will Pension, Annuity or Retirement Pay affect my unemployment benefit amount?

Retirement/pensions may reduce your weekly benefit amount and in some cases could make you totally ineligible to receive benefits. You must advise a claims representative if you are receiving or have applied for retirement/pension or a disability pension.
The payments will be deducted from your weekly benefit amount if
(1) the pension or payment is from a base period employer(s) and
(2) the employer contributed to or maintained the pension.
Deductible monthly pension/retirement payments will be prorated on a weekly basis. Your weekly benefit amount will be reduced dollar-for- dollar of your deductible weekly pension amount. If you receive a lump-sum distribution from a retirement plan, the payment will be deductible in the week in which you receive the payment. You must report any other type of pension payment you receive, including 401K plans. If you fail to report a pension or payment you may be required to repay any Unemployment Insurance benefits that you received.

More questions answered in the Q&A Section.

Questions & Answers

  1. Angela Nicholson says:

    I live in Oklahoma. I called the unemployment services to see if a withdraw of 401k lump sum would affect my unemployment and I was
    told just the week I received but now I’m not getting a second check don’t understand? They money I got from 401k was gifted to my daughter for closing on her house.

    • Sam says:

      Angela,

      It will be considered as “income” and will have a bearing on the Unemployment Insurance. Please call the Claims Center and ask them for an explanation in detail.

  2. Margaret says:

    I will be getting severance pay equal to a months wages. When filing my first weekly claim it asks if I received severance payment for the week that I am filing for. How do I answer this question? Will I say yes for the first 4 weeks, the payment will be a lump sum payment?

  3. Henry Wilson says:

    I was approved for $8900 on an unemployment claim from sept 2009 to sept 2010. I never used any of that. My claim this year has already ran out. Could i use those benefits awarded back on 2009?

  4. DC says:

    My wife just lost her job. We moved to Oklahoma in October 2016 and so she had very limited Oklahoma pay for 2016. We moved from Texas, should she file for unemployment in Texas as well? How does that work?

    • Sam says:

      She should only be filing from one state at a time. Please ask her to file from the state where she was previously employed.

  5. patty nagel says:

    the web site was down fed24 thru 26th and apparently still down. i have tried calling the 1-800 # says they can’t process my claim? so when will i get paid and anyone else to call?

    • Sam says:

      The systems (phone and online) are back and running now. Please try now.

      There will be a 1-2 days delay in receiving the payment from the day of filing.

  6. Amber Carrigan says:

    Will I be paid on presidents day or the following Tuesday. Oklahoma

    • Sam says:

      If the payment day is a national holiday, the payment is likely to happen the next business day.

      Please call the Claims Center for up to date information.

  7. Sherry George says:

    That wasn’t clear, I didn’t file for unemployment. I deleted my package and out of fear, ran down to file for social security. I have not tried to file for unemployment as of yet.

  8. Lois Wade says:

    I have received all my severance pay after working for a company for 15 plus years. I received Social Security Benefits. Can I apply for Oklahoma Unemployment Benefits

    • Martin says:

      You can apply for UI benefits if you were involuntarily laid off from the job. Application for benefits can be done after the expiry of the severance payout.

      However, the SS benefits will have a say in the eligibility. Please call the Unemployment Office in your state for further details.

      • Sherry George says:

        The first question above is about being laid off, depleting your package from employer and filing for unemployment. I did this and in a panic ran down to file for social security. Which by the way, if your are not of your retirement age is less you will receive at retirement and I am allowed to make no more than $15,700 per year or they will deduct. I recently was asked why I didn’t file for unemployment. Was this gentleman being told that your unemployment benefits will also be predicted by how much social security you receive and is there a way to find out? You can’t get through on the phone. I have tried.

        • Martin says:

          Well, I suggest that you visit the nearest Unemployment Office to get a precise answer since each state has specific rules in this regard and I am not really sure how it works in Oklahoma.

  9. Joel says:

    Also, I was paid a lump sum for 5 weeks vacation that I had yet to take for 2016.
    Does that payment for a 5 week duration for vacation deny my unemployment benefits for that 5 week period of time?
    Thank you . . .

  10. Joel says:

    I am recently laid off due to reduction in force.
    I haven’t decided yet to accept my severance package due to all the restrictions if I sign that contract.
    Do you think that is why I’m not currently eligible for unemployment benefits?
    I have 45 days after my termination to accept the severance terms.
    Also, if I accept the severance terms I will be paid in a lump sum totaling 16 weeks.
    Will I only be ineligible for unemployment benefits for the week that I receive the lump sum or will I be ineligible to receive unemployment benefits for the 16 week duration that I would be paid for in that lump sum?

    • Martin says:

      You can apply after expiry of the severance pay period.

      For further information, please call the Unemployment Office on the phone numbers provided.

  11. brian says:

    I filed for unemployment benefits last week I have a part time job and worked 39 hrs this week by luck will this automatically disqualify me for unemployment benefits? I normally work around 25 hrs week but might have to quit part time job because of legal reasons and not being able to work there anymore also ?

  12. Maurice Gatlin says:

    How do I file a claim? The state website just sends me to the OKJobMatch website. Also, will the state of Oklahoma hire me to fix their website?

    • Martin says:

      Not sure if you’re filing on the right site. Here is the url – unemployment.state.ok.us.

      Please check with the Unemployment Office if they have suitable opportunities in the web maintenance wing. You can call them.

  13. Rob says:

    What if I cash out my 401k prior to filing unemployment, will that still affect my unemployment benefit?

  14. Ashley Dixon says:

    Why wasn’t federal taxes taken out of my unemployment checks just state was taken out I want federal takin out from now on please

    • Martin says:

      Please note we’re not associated with the unemployment office in your state.

      Please contact them or your employer to ascertain the reason for non deduction of taxes.

  15. Roy Pritt says:

    How can I look up the total amount of benefits I am eligible for.

  16. Peggy says:

    If the company I work for goes out of business, will the employees be eligible for unemployment benefits.

    • Martin says:

      If you’ve been paying taxes and laying them off, they should be eligible.

      Please check further with the labor authorities in your state.

  17. Nikki Edmondson says:

    My employer terminated me due to “economic downturn”. I will be filing a claim soon as my severance has now run out. I am also considering a move to Alabama. Should I file my claim now here in OK and then contact Unemployment in Alabama to continue my benefits if I move? OR should I wait about filing in OK, make my decision to move,and then Begin the filing process from Alabama?

  18. Renee says:

    Two questions:

    1. I am on FMLA due to having to take care of elderly parents with significant medical issues. Can I apply for unemployment while on FLMA.

    2. My job requires significant travel which I am no longer able to do, because of needing to be home every night to take care of parent with medical issue. If I quit my job because of not being able to travel, will I be eligible for unemployment benefits while I look for local employment?

    • Martin says:

      1) Some states allow provision of both unemployment insurance while some don’t. For more clarity on the first question, please contact the labor authorities in your state.

      2) If you quit voluntarily, you may not qualify.

  19. brian says:

    How do I find out if I’m approved or denied benefits online?

  20. brian says:

    Its been 3 weeks and I haven’t received letter in mail to state if I was approved or denied benefits. How do I find out if I was approved or denied benefits?

    • Jeff says:

      Please call the phone numbers provided or log into to your account and check online, if you filed over the internet.

  21. Timothy says:

    While attempting to find a new job, that you can afford to live with. Is there a pay percentage you can decline, and still receive unemployment legally.

    • Adrian says:

      Each state has its rules, specific in this area.

      It would be apt for you to get in touch with the labor dept in your state to find out more.

  22. kathy says:

    I am a resident of Oklahoma. I have been on unemployment and it is now exhausted. The benefit year was July 14, 2013 to July 14, 2014. Can I file a new claim for unemployment now? Also in August of 2013 I worked in the state of Kansas and was laid off once the job ended. Can I file a claim for unemployment on the Kansas wages? Thank you, Kathy L Turner.

  23. Michael says:

    I have been on FMLA for the past year but it has now ran out. The company I worked for informed me that they did not have a position for me with my “disability” so I no longer have a job. I have filed for SS disability but have not heard anything yet. Can I apply for unemployment even though my doctor will not release me to work?

  24. Greg says:

    I was directly recruited from Alabama over three years ago to work in Oklahoma. Since I work straight commission, it is hard to assign a weekly rate. In the last few weeks, my pay has declined to approximately 1/2 of what I originally made for the same amount of hours. Can I file for benefits since my pay has been so severely reduced? I have asked my employer to terminate me on more than one occasion, but he will not. I have been documenting specific instances where I was denied the opportunity to work, even when I was involved in the particular sale of the ob. Please help me and let me know what I can do. Thanks Greg

    • Adrian says:

      Depends…on various factors. Generally,any reduction in worked hours in a week is considered. Not sure of reduction in pay.

      Please check with the labor dept in your state and file accordingly.

  25. sharon pettie says:

    i was approved for benefits effective 04/27/2014,.i recieved my first payment on 05/16/2014. my question is shouldnt i recieve back pay from the effectie date to my first payment?

  26. sheila says:

    a friend of mine was a previous partner or co owner of a business that was closed down jan 1 2014. he has no income and has filed for benefits, why is there a dispute???

  27. Bobbi says:

    I have been receiving unemployment benefits for 3 months. This week I took a new job. I worked for 2 days and quit after realizing the job wasn’t a good fit for me. I am wondering if I can still receive unemployment benefits or will I be disqualified now.

  28. Sheila Kirk says:

    I have been laid off or terminated from my job of 11 years and 11 months, they told me my services were no longer needed, I have filed for unemployment benefits however I want to check in withdrawing my retirement benefits to pay off some of my bills which will be a hardship for me, how will this affect my unemployment benefits, and I am also going to begin proceeding to file for disability how will this affect my unemployment benefits because I have to have some sort of income at this point. Thank you

    • Baggie says:

      Hi Sheila,
      In order to receive unemployment benefits, you should have lost job through no fault of your own. Also, you will have to be able to and available to work. If you file for disability, this means you cannot work or something is hindering you from working. Usually, it is not possible to receive unemployment and disability. I am unable to comment on retirement benefits. But, it is possible to receive UC benefits if you have severance pay, holiday pay or vacation pay. If you have a part time job, you will have to mention about that as well during weekly claims.

  29. DIANE says:

    Where do I find the information regarding direct successor. I was previously on unemployment myself. I am looking to purchase a daycare. The purchase will include all inventory in the building. I will not purchase the name. The children enrolled will have the option to stay. We do not wish to keep the employee’s. We do want to give them the option to apply for a job. The staff is the reason for this sale. They have been written up multiple times and have not followed DHS recommendations. Several do not have the qualifications for the position they hold and have not attempted to obtain them per DHS requirements. Several have been written up by DHS for inappropriate language around children and mishandling the children. These behaviors should have been reason for dismissal but was not by current owner. For these reasons DHS has decided not to issue him a license and he will have to shut down. Will I have to pay unemployment to his workers that I do not keep?

    • Baggie says:

      Hi Diane,

      If you lay off workers or state the removal as lack of work, they will be eligible to receive unemployment from the state provided they meet other eligibility requirements. You will have to continue paying employment taxes to the state.

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