Oklahoma Unemployment Insurance Benefits Guide

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In this article, we will make Unemployment Insurance Benefits easy to understand with Oklahoma Unemployment phone numbers and other contact information.

We understand.

The experience of unemployment is often fraught with anxiety and feelings of worthlessness. Not being able to provide for oneself and one’s family can be very difficult, and the stress of the situation can be overwhelming. 

Those who are unemployed may feel like they are a burden to their loved ones, and they may feel like they are not good enough or valuable enough. It is important to remember that you are not alone in this experience, and there are people who care about you and want to help. 

You are valuable, even if you are not working at the moment. There are many resources available to you, so please do not hesitate to reach out for help.

Why did we create the Oklahoma Unemployment Insurance Benefits Guide?

Government websites can be difficult to navigate for a lot of people. They may be confusing or hard to use, and they may not have all the information people need. This can be frustrating and overwhelming, especially for people who are already struggling. 

Having said that, please use our guide as support but NOT the official guide. You will NEED to contact the official unemployment government staff and fight for your own benefits. You can do this.

Who’s in charge of Oklahoma Unemployment Insurance Benefits?

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission (OESC) is in charge of administering the state’s unemployment insurance program. 

Below is what its official website looks like.

Image: Official Oklahoma Unemployment Website

Oklahoma Unemployment Contact 

Individuals & Job Seekers

  • Unemployment Service Center: 405-525-1500
  • Employment services and in-person assistance: visit one of our local Oklahoma Works offices located throughout the state. 
  • Text Telephone System (TTY/TDD): 
    • Tel: 800-722-0353 To have calls relayed
    • Tel: 800-522-8506 Voice Calls

How To Qualify for Oklahoma Unemployment Benefits

While your ultimate eligibility cannot be decided until you make a first claim, a claimant who can demonstrate proof of the following eligibility conditions is likely to be authorized for unemployment insurance payments.

  • You are currently unemployed through no fault of his own
  • You are able to work
  • You are available to accept work when offered and is registered on OKJobMatch.com
  • You have earned a minimum of $1,500 in income during the base period for review
  • You work for a covered employer who has paid unemployment insurance taxes

How Much Unemployment Benefits Will I Get in Oklahoma? 

  • Base Period: First 4 of the last 5 completed quarters
  • Alt Base Period: Last 4 completed quarters
  • Duration of Benefits: 16-26 weeks
  • Weekly Payment: Min $16 to Max $539
  • Maximum Benefits Amount (1 year): $11,405

How Do I Apply for Oklahoma Unemployment Benefits?

You must create an online account and a profile on ui.ok.gov in order to apply for UI benefits in Oklahoma. Verifying your identity and submitting your Social Security number is part of the procedure.

Follow the instructions to start a Traditional Unemployment Compensation application once you’ve signed into your account. You should set about an hour to finish the entire application.

You’ll need information like your prior employer’s contact information, your job start and finish dates, and your income earned, as well as whether you were paid weekly, biweekly, or monthly. 

You’ll need to send copies of your Form SF8 or SF 50, or your DD Form 214, if you worked for the federal government or were recently released from the military.

How do I Manage My Oklahoma Unemployment Benefits

Once your first claim is accepted, you’ll need to make a weekly claim for each week you want to receive benefits, which you can do using your ui.ok.gov account.

Every week, you must do at least two job searches. You must answer questions concerning your continuous availability to work, any pay you earned the previous week, and what you did to fulfill your mandatory job searches as part of each weekly claim.

How Do I Appeal an Oklahoma Unemployment Decision?

You may submit an appeal if you are dissatisfied with a decision. You can do so by submitting an appeal request in person, by letter, fax, phone, or email.

Name, Social Security number, phone number, date of determination, explanation of what you are appealing, and a thorough statement of why you disagree with the decision regarding your claim should all be included in your request.

Your letter of determination will provide the necessary contact information for submitting your request for appeal.

How Do I Report an Oklahoma Unemployment Fraud?

Investigating and prosecuting false claims helps the state of Oklahoma verify that public resources are being spent wisely and that UI benefits are being provided to those who legitimately need them. 

Unfortunately, incidences of UI benefits fraud and scams aimed at taking advantage of benefit users have reached an all-time high.

If you suspect someone of defrauding the state of Oklahoma of unemployment benefits, you can report them online using the state’s online reporting form. The more information you can supply regarding the possible fraud, the more likely the inquiry will be successful.

What if I quit?

In general, you are not eligible if you leave your work freely.

If you quit for “good cause,” though, you may be able to collect. The state unemployment office determines what constitutes good reason, and you can make your case for getting benefits.

You should be entitled to a hearing if your claim is denied so that you can explain your claim. You should contact your local office because regulations and conditions differ from state to state.

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Oklahoma Unemployment Phone Number and Office Locations

Oklahoma Unemployment  OfficeOklahoma Unemployment Office LocationsOklahoma Unemployment Phone Number
Oklahoma Unemployment Office – Ada1500 Hoppe Blvd Suite 2Ada, OK 74820580-332-1533
Oklahoma Unemployment Office – Altus1115 North Spurgeon StreetAltus, OK 73521580-482-3262
Oklahoma Unemployment Office – Ardmore2421 Autumn Run Suite BArdmore, OK 73401580-223-3291
Oklahoma Unemployment Office – Atoka1301 W. Liberty RoadAtoka, OK 74525-0223580-380-3996
Oklahoma Unemployment Office – Bartlesville210 NE Washington BlvdBartlesville, OK 74006918-332-4800
Oklahoma Unemployment Office – Chandler722 Manvel Ave.Chandler, OK 74834-2842405-258-2870
Oklahoma Unemployment Office – Chickasha301 South 2nd StreetChickasha, OK 73018405-224-3310
Oklahoma Unemployment Office – Duncan1927 West Elk AvenueDuncan, OK 73533580-255-8950
Oklahoma Unemployment Office – Durant4209 West Highway 70Durant, OK 74701580-924-1828
Oklahoma Unemployment Office – El Reno210 N. Choctaw Ave.El Reno, OK 73036-2679405-295-2218
Oklahoma Unemployment Office – Enid114 S. IndependenceEnid, OK 73701580-234-6043
Oklahoma Unemployment Office – Guymon304 NE 4thGuymon, OK 73942580-338-8521
Oklahoma Unemployment Office – Idabel2102 SE WashingtonSuite B and CIdabel, OK 74745580-286-6667
Oklahoma Unemployment Office – Lawton1711 SW 11th StreetLawton, OK 73501580-357-3500
Oklahoma Unemployment Office – McAlester1414 E Wade Watts AveMcAlester, OK 74501918-423-6830
Oklahoma Unemployment Office – McAlester1414 East Wade Watts AvenueMcAlester, OK 74501918-423-6830
Oklahoma Unemployment Office – Miami121 North MainMiami, OK 74354918-542-5561
Oklahoma Unemployment Office – Muskogee717 South 32nd StMuskogee, OK 74401918-682-3364
Oklahoma Unemployment Office – OKC Central5005 N Lincoln BlvdOklahoma City, OK 73105405-426-8850
Oklahoma Unemployment Office – Okmulgee1601 S. Wood DriveOkmulgee, OK 74447-7843918-304-3160
Oklahoma Unemployment Office – Pauls Valley522 S. ChickasawPauls Valley, OK 73075-0826405-238-2988
Oklahoma Unemployment Office – Ponca City400 E. Central Suite 103Ponca City, OK 74601580-765-3372
Oklahoma Unemployment Office – Poteau1507 South McKennaPoteau, OK 74953918-647-3124
Oklahoma Unemployment Office – Pryor403 East Graham AvenuePryor, OK 74361918-825-2582
Oklahoma Unemployment Office – Sapulpa1700 South MainSapulpa, OK 74066918-224-9430
Oklahoma Unemployment Office – Seminole229 North 2nd StreetSeminole, OK 74868405-382-4670
Oklahoma Unemployment Office – Shawnee2 John C Bruton BoulevardShawnee, OK 74804405-275-7800
Oklahoma Unemployment Office – Stillwater3006 E 6th StreetStillwater, OK 74074405-624-1450
Oklahoma Unemployment Office – Tahlegquah1295 Skills Center CircleTahlequah, OK 74464918-456-8846
Oklahoma Unemployment Office – Tusla201 W. 5th Suite 200Tulsa, OK 74103918-796-1200
Oklahoma Unemployment Office – Wilburton1301 W. Main Suite 122Wilburton, OK 74578918-465-1798
Oklahoma Unemployment Office – Woodward1117 11th StreetWoodward, OK 73801580-256-3308

Final Thoughts

We hope the above info has been helpful to you. 

We do not make any financial advice but below are some of our thoughts that could help you stand on your feet sooner than later.

  • Don’t feel shame about needing help, but also don’t feel entitled. 
  • Don’t beat yourself up – things happen. The sooner you accept it and move on, the better.
  • Don’t burn the bridge. Work with your employer to help yourself. 
    • 1) Check if you are entitled to severance pay, vacation or sick pay, 
    • 2) Ask about extending health insurance benefits, 
    • 3) Ask about outplacement resources, 
    • 4) Request a reference letter from your employer 
  • Review your financial positions, obligations. 
  • Make a weekly or monthly budget. Buy what you need, so you don’t have to sell what you need.
  • Watch out for credit card loans – they will eat you alive.
  • Make an action plan with at least 3 scenarios from best to worst and examine your options.

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Sabrina is a former campaign manager who has decided to focus her effort to help people contact senators and get help. She leads our Editorial Team with Ronald and Lawrence to curate content and resources that help us navigate the system.

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