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Applications for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is available for those who were impacted by the severe weather that occurred on April 25, 2024 through May 9, 2024 in Carter, Craig, Hughes, Johnston, Kay, Lincoln, Love, McClain, Murray, Nowata, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, Osage, Ottawa, Pontotoc, Pottawatomie, Washington, and Washita counties. The deadline to submit a claim for DUA 4776 is July 1, 2024. Applications submitted after that date will be considered untimely unless the individual provides good cause for filing after the deadline. All individuals must file an unemployment insurance claim at https://oklahoma.gov/oesc/individuals. For more information or questions, individuals can call the Unemployment Service Center at 405-525-1500 or visit one of the OESC’s field offices.

OESC Accepting Applications For Disaster Unemployment Assistance

Thursday, May 04, 2023

Benefits available for those who lost their jobs due to severe weather in Pottawatomie, McClain and Cleveland counties

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – As a result of recent storms, winds and tornadoes, the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission (OESC) is accepting applications for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA), which is an unemployment insurance benefit made available for victims of a disaster. DUA may be available to workers in Pottawatomie, McClain and Cleveland counties who lost their jobs or are unable to work due to the severe weather on April 19-20, 2023.

DUA Eligibility

To be considered eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance, individuals must meet at least one of the criteria outlined below.

Individuals eligible for DUA will be considered unemployed as a direct result of the major disaster if the unemployment resulted from:

  • The physical damage or destruction of the place of employment;
  • The physical inaccessibility of the place of employment due to its closure by the federal, state, or local government in immediate response to the disaster; or
  • Lack of work, or loss of revenues, if, prior to the disaster, the employer or self-employed business received at least a majority of its revenue or income from an entity in the major disaster area that was damaged or destroyed in the disaster or an entity in the major disaster area closed by the federal, state, or local government.

In addition to those who lost their jobs directly due to the disaster, individuals eligible for DUA may also include:

  • Individuals who are unable to reach their job or self-employment location because they must travel through the affected area and are prevented from doing so by the disaster;
  • Individuals who were to commence employment or self-employment but were prevented by the disaster;
  • Individuals who have become the main source of income for the household and are in need of employment because of the death of the head of household due to the disaster; or
  • Individuals who cannot work or perform services in self-employment because of an injury caused as a direct result of the disaster.

Self-employed individuals may be eligible for benefits if they lost all or part of their livelihood and means of work. Self-employed workers must provide their federal income tax forms.

How to File for DUA

All individuals must file an unemployment insurance claim at https://oklahoma.gov/oesc/individuals. For more information or questions, individuals can call the Unemployment Service Center at 405-525-1500 or visit one of OESC’s field offices. A list and map of all field offices can be found at https://oklahoma.gov/oesc/locations. Additionally, impacted individuals may visit OESC’s website or any field office for reemployment services.

Deadline to File

The deadline to submit a DUA claim for citizens of Pottawatomie and McClain counties is June 5, 2023. The deadline to submit a DUA claim for citizens of Cleveland county is June 12, 2023. Applications submitted after that date will be considered untimely unless the individual provides good cause for filing after the deadline. Within seven days of submitting a claim for unemployment, individuals must register for an account and complete/upload their resume to https://okjobmatch.com/.

How to Receive DUA

To receive DUA, all required documentation must be submitted within 21 days from the date the DUA application is filed. Required documentation includes the individual’s social security number, proof of earnings (such as a copy of the most recent income tax form), a current check stub, and proof of employment (such as documentation to support that you were working or were self-employed). For the most efficient processing, documentation can be emailed to dua@oesc.ok.gov. Alternatively, documentation be faxed to 405-962-7524, with a cover letter addressed to “DUA”, or mailed to:

ATTN: DUA Desk
OESC
P.O. Box 52006
Oklahoma City, OK, 73152-2006

Additional Information

DUA is made available under Presidential Disaster Declaration #4706 amended on 5/8/2023.


*This release was revised on 5/11/2023. The initial release only included Pottawatomie and McClain counties, but due to the amended disaster declaration, Cleveland county was included as an impacted area. A separate deadline was also given for citizens of Cleveland county.

Last Modified on May 11, 2023