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Oklahoma Unemployment Benefit Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility_RequirementsWhen should I apply for Oklahoma Unemployment 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 Oklahoma 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  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 Oklahoma Unemployment 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
Oklahoma Unemployment Insurance
Unemployment insurance program ease the burden of unemployment by providing temporary source of income for individuals who are unemployed through no fault of their own.
 
Base Period
The first four of the last five completed calendar quarters immediately preceding the first day of your benefit year.
 
Benefit Year
The period of 52 consecutive weeks which begins on the Sunday of the week in which your application is filed. Your claim good for one year.  You have a limited amount of benefits to draw in that one-year period of time.
 
Oklahoma Weekly Unemployment Insurance Benefit Amount
Your weekly benefit amount is 1/23rd of your highest quarter taxable wages in your base period. It cannot exceed $386.00 (in 2013) or be less than $16.00.
 
When should You Apply for Oklahoma Unemployment Insurance Benefit
You may apply as soon as you become unemployed. Your application cannot be made retroactive beyond the week in which it is filed.
 
Unemployment Insurance Qualifying Requirements in Oklahoma
To qualify for Oklahoma unemployment Insurance Benefit you must be unemployed at the time of filing or working less than full-time earning 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. read more




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Unemployment Office Tips:

Tips to help you when visiting your local Unemployment Office:

  • Show Up Early: Your local unemployment office can sometimes be crowded. You must understand that there are a lot of people currently looking for work. So you will find a lot of people filing for benefits.
  • Be prepared to wait: With lots of people at your local unemployment office, if you are late you will have to wait. The best way to avoid the long lines is to get to the office early.
  • Be prepared with your Documents: If you are applying for unemployment benefits be sure to take with you all necessary information such as a job release letter, date of last employment and name of the company.
  • Have a Cool Head: With lots of people at your local unemployment office waiting to be seen it’s easy to get frustrated and loose you cool. Remember that counselors are there to assist you. Keeping a cool head and being courteous will help speed the process along.

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