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Frequently Asked Questions

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Back to Work Initiative Program

This program announced by Governor Stitt provides a bonus payment to currently unemployed individuals who rejoin the workforce.

The Back to Work Initiative provides a $1,200 bonus payment for Oklahomans currently receiving unemployment benefits who accept full-time employment in the state of Oklahoma and meet the other requirements below. OESC will pay the bonus payment to the first 20,000 claimants who find full-time employment and submit paystubs verifying their eligibility for this bonus.

The eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • You had an active unemployment claim, with an eligible weekly certification filed for at least one of the first two weeks in May (May 2-15, 2021).
  • You accept an offer of employment in the state of Oklahoma, and work at least 32 hours per week for at least six consecutive weeks between May 16, 2021 and Sept. 4, 2021.
    • To meet the 32 hours per week requirement, you must have worked full-time with one employer, or worked part-time for two employers for a combined 32 hours or more per week.
    • Employers worked for must pay into the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund or have a FEIN.
  • You can provide a valid paycheck stub for proof of employment between May 16, 2021 - Sept. 4, 2021. 

The Back to Work Initiative will offer an additional $1,200 per person for claimants who meet the criteria listed below.

  • You had an active unemployment claim, with an eligible weekly certification filed for at least one of the first two weeks in May (May 2-15, 2021).
  • You accept an offer of employment in the state of Oklahoma, and work at least 32 hours per week for at least six consecutive weeks between May 16, 2021 and Sept. 4, 2021.
    • To meet the 32 hours per week requirement, you must have worked full-time with one employer, or worked part-time for two employers for a combined 32 hours or more per week.
    • Employers worked for must pay into the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund or have a FEIN.
  • You can provide a valid paycheck stub for proof of employment between May 16, 2021 - Sept. 4, 2021. 

For more information, view our Back to Work Initiative Program fact-sheet.

The application for the Back to Work incentive can be accessed on our Individuals page.

When you apply for the incentive, please ensure you follow these tips:

  • The employer information (ie. Employer name, address, and phone number) you enter into the application must exactly match the employer information shown on your paystub.
  • Paystubs need to reflect all 6 weeks, and the number of hours worked each week, that were entered in the application. 
    • Example – if you entered that you worked 40 hours each week from May 16 to June 26, your paystubs must show 40 hours for each week from May 16 to June 26.
  • Applicants need to have already completed at least 6 weeks of eligible employment at the time of the application. 

 When you apply for the Back to Work incentive, you will need:

  • Your Social Security Number, PIN, and email
  • Your employer's information as it appears on your paystub (name, address, phone number, and optionally FEIN)
  • The amount of hours you worked for each of the 6 required consecutive weeks
  • Proof of employment for all 6 weeks. Please double check that your paystubs reflect and match the hours for all 6 weeks. If paystubs reflecting all 6 weeks of work are not uploaded with your application, it will be denied.

When completing the Back to Work application, you will be able to submit your paystub multiple ways. You can upload an image of your paystubs in one of the supported formats (PDF, JPG, TIFF, or PNG), or if you are on a mobile device you can use your phone’s camera to take a picture of your paystubs. 

When scanning or taking a photo of your paystub, please refer to the example and tips below:

  • The image is clear, legible, and well lit. 
  • Ensure there is a clean background, and no other items or documents are visible in the image
  • The image of the paystub must contain 4 key components.
    • Your name
    • Your employer's name and address
    • The pay period dates, or time frame of the work performed (typically weekly, bi-weekly, or semi-monthly)
    • The number of hours worked during the pay period
  • If your paystub is front and back, or multiple pages, you may need to take more than one photo or scan more than once per paystub to ensure all information is portrayed

Yes. If you believe you are eligible and your application was denied, or if you started an application before completing 6 consecutive weeks of eligible employment, you can apply again. We also encourage applicants to double check to ensure the information submitted in the application matches their uploaded paystubs exactly. Those wishing to reapply can do so at the same form accessed on the Individuals page of the OESC website.

All federal unemployment benefit programs, including the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) will end in Oklahoma on June 26. The final benefit week eligible for federal unemployment benefits is the benefit week spanning June 20-26. The first day individuals could file for that benefit week was Sunday, June 27. Any benefit weeks prior to June 27 that are pending will still include eligible federal benefits when processed. 

Claimants who qualify for traditional Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits will continue to receive their weekly benefits as long as they are eligible and have benefits remaining. UI claimants will no longer receive the FPUC ($300) benefit for benefit weeks after June 27, 2021. 

Any benefit weeks prior to June 27 that are pending will still include eligible federal unemployment benefits when processed. 

Job seekers can visit our Employment & Training Programs page for several re-employment resources offered by OESC, as well as many external resources.

The Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS) provides 60 days of subsidized child care to Oklahomans who are searching for employment. To apply for the benefit, visit https://okdhslive.org/

Federal Unemployment Benefits

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) further extended the benefits previously extended by the Continued Assistance Act (CAA) and established by the CARES Act.  ARPA extended benefits from 3/14/21 to 9/4/21, but Oklahoma discontinued these federal benefits 6/26/21.

  • Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) provided an additional $300 per week to an individual's weekly benefit amount between 3/14/21 to 6/26/21.
  • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) was extended from 3/14/21 to 6/26/21 for those who exhausted their traditional Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits.
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) was extended from 3/14/21 to 6/26/21 for self-employed, contract, and gig workers who are typically not eligible for traditional Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits.

The Continued Assistance Act (CAA) changed or extended the three federal unemployment programs established by CARES. It also added a new MEUC program.

  • Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) provided an additional $300 per week to an individual's weekly benefit amount for up to 11 weeks between 12/27/20 and 3/13/21. 
  • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) was extended up to an additional 11 weeks between 12/27/20 and 3/13/21 for those who exhausted their traditional Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. 
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) was extended up to an additional 11 weeks between 12/27/20 and 3/13/21 for self-employed, contract, and gig workers who are typically not eligible for traditional Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits.
  • Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation (MEUC) adds an additional $100 weekly federal benefit​ for "mixed earners" that are UI claimants who received at least $5,000 in wages from a side gig or business. 

The CARES Act created three new unemployment programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) provided an additional $600 per week to an individual's weekly benefit amount between 3/29/20 and 7/25/20.
  • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) provided up to 13 weeks of extended unemployment benefits between 3/29/20 and 12/26/20 to individuals who had exhausted their traditional Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits.
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) provided 39 weeks of unemployment benefits between 2/2/20 and 12/26/20 to self-employed, contract, and gig workers who are typically not eligible for Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) was a federal unemployment benefit provided to US citizens not traditionally eligible for regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) such as self-employed, contract, and gig workers. PUA was established through the CARES Act (2/2/2020 to 12/26/2020), extended through CAA (12/27/20 to 3/13/21) and ARP Acts (3/14/21 to 9/4/21), but discontinued in Oklahoma on 6/26/2021.

Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), sometimes referred to as Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) was a federal unemployment benefit provided to US citizens who have exhausted their traditional Unemployment Insurance benefits. PEUC was initially established through the CARES Act (3/29/2020 to 12/26/2020), extended through CAA (12/27/20 to 3/13/21) and ARP Acts (3/14/21 to 9/4/21), but discontinued in Oklahoma on 6/26/2021.

Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), also called Federal Additional Compensation (FAC) is the extra $600 or $300 weekly payment that was added to all claim types. This federal benefit was created under the CARES Act (3/29/2020 to 12/26/2020), extended through CAA (12/27/20 to 3/13/21) and ARP Acts (3/14/21 to 9/4/21), but discontinued in Oklahoma on 6/26/2021.

Possible proof of employment includes:

  • Paycheck stubs
  • Earnings and leave statements showing the employer’s name and address
  • W2 forms

Proof of self-employment:

  • State or federal employer identification numbers
  • Business licenses
  • Tax returns
  • Business receipts
  • Signed affidavits from persons verifying the individual’s attachment to such organizations

Proof of employment with organizations such as the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, and educational or religious organizations includes:

  • The documentation provided by these organizations
  • Signed affidavits from persons verifying the individual’s attachment to such organizations

Proof of planned commencement of employment:

  • Letters offering employment
  • Statements/affidavits by individuals (with name and contact information) verifying an offer of employment

Proof of the planned commencement of self-employment includes:

  • Business licenses
  • State or Federal employer Identification Numbers
  • Written business plans
  • Lease agreement

For new PUA claims filed on or after January 31, 2021, individuals will have 21 days to submit proof of employment. For continued PUA claims that were effective prior to January 31, 2021, individuals will have 90 days to submit proof of employment.

OESC has updated the online filing process at UI.ok.gov. A new prompt will be provided to indicate this new requirement, and then give you options to upload the documents when filing your claim.

Yes, legislation in 2021 required that all PUA claimants submit or resubmit proof of employment.

American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) added an extension to Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) claims that increases the number of benefit weeks available and extends the effective dates of these programs from 3/14/21 to 9/4/21.

This legislation also extended the $300 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) weekly benefit for all claim types. Unlike the Lost Wage Assistance Program (LWA) that ran between 8/1/20 and 9/5/20, these FPUC payments do not require the $100 minimum benefit amount. Claimants receiving any amount of benefits from UI, PEUC, or PUA are eligible for the weekly $300 for FPUC.

This legislation picks up where the Continued Assistance Act left off, which ended 3/13/21. Individuals can begin receiving the new ARP benefits beginning 3/14/21. Under this legislation, the last week of unemployment for FPUC, PEUC, and PUA is the benefit week ending 9/4/21. There is no phase-out period under the American Rescue Plan.

Claimants do not have to file a new initial claim to receive these extended benefits. To receive these benefits, individuals only need to continue filing weekly claims.

The only time an individual needs to file a new initial claim is at the end of their benefit year if they are receiving traditional UI or the PEUC extension. If there is a new separating employer, different than the separating employer listed on the previous initial claim, a new UI claim may be established. If the separating employer is the same as the previous initial claim, the claimant may be put back on the PEUC claim.  

Those who are filing PUA will not need to file a new initial claim, and only need to continue filing weekly claims. At the end of each quarter, the system will check if the PUA claimant is eligible for regular UI, and if so the claimant may be switched to a UI claim. More information about your benefit year is available in the “claim support” section of this FAQ.

All claim types (UI, PEUC, and PUA) are eligible for the $300 weekly benefit payment. Individuals must receive at least $1 in benefits from UI, PEUC, or PUA to then receive the additional $300.  

OESC implemented the new ARP program the first week it was effective, which began 3/14/21. This means claimants experienced no gap in receiving benefits.

Continued Assistance Act

The Continued Assistance Act (CAA) included an extension for PEUC and PUA, as well as a new round of FPUC benefits.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) has both been extended up to 11 weeks, and were available between 12/27/20 and 3/13/21.

Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) was also included in this legislation which provided an additional $300 weekly federal benefit for all claim types for up to 11 weeks between 12/27/20 and 3/13/21.

This legislation also included a new program called "Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation" which adds an additional $100 weekly federal benefit​ for "mixed earners" that are UI claimants who received at least $5,000 in wages from a side gig or business. OESC will post additional FAQs when more information is available for this program.

This legislation picks up where the CARES Act left off, which ended 12/26/20. CAA benefits were available 12/27/20 through 3/13/21.

All active claim types, including regular UI, PEUC, and PUA, are eligible for this $300 weekly federal benefit. FPUC does not have the same minimum benefit threshold as the previous LWA program; claimants receiving any amount of benefits will be eligible for FPUC on top of their weekly amount for that claim week.

Possible proof of employment includes:

  • Paycheck stubs
  • Earnings and leave statements showing the employer’s name and address
  • W2 forms

Proof of self-employment:

  • State or federal employer identification numbers
  • Business licenses
  • Tax returns
  • Business receipts
  • Signed affidavits from persons verifying the individual’s attachment to such organizations

Proof of employment with organizations such as the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, and educational or religious organizations includes:

  • The documentation provided by these organizations
  • Signed affidavits from persons verifying the individual’s attachment to such organizations

Proof of planned commencement of employment:

  • Letters offering employment
  • Statements/affidavits by individuals (with name and contact information) verifying an offer of employment

Proof of the planned commencement of self-employment includes:

  • Business licenses
  • State or Federal employer Identification Numbers
  • Written business plans
  • Lease agreement

For new PUA claims filed on or after January 31, 2021, individuals had 21 days to submit proof of employment. For continued PUA claims that were effective prior to January 31, 2021, individuals had 90 days to submit proof of employment.

OESC has updated the online filing process at UI.ok.gov. A new prompt will be provided to indicate this new requirement, and then give you options to upload the documents while filing your claim.

Yes, under the new CAA legislation, all PUA claimants must submit or resubmit proof of employment.

1099-G Forms

Your 1099-G reflects the total amount paid to you or on your behalf. This includes child support deductions as well as benefits used to offset any overpayment(s) during the tax year.

Additionally, if you received federal unemployment benefits such as FPUC or LWA, extra payments were issued on top of your standard weekly benefit amount. If you believe there are still incorrect funds showing, please contact OESC's Unemployment Service Center at (405) 525-1500 for assistance or contact your nearest Oklahoma Works office.

You can access a digital version of your 1099-G form on Unemployment.state.ok.us. If you have trouble accessing it, please contact OESC's Unemployment Service Center at (405) 525-1500 for assistance or contact your nearest Oklahoma Works office.

If you received a 1099-G form, and didn’t file for unemployment benefits in 2020 which leads you to believe you are the victim of fraud or identity theft, you can submit a 1099-G form inquiry through our Virtual Agent found in the bottom right corner of the screen. Follow the prompts, then select "Claimant" and then "1099-G Form Inquiry". 

Additionally, the Internal Revenue Service has provided resources to help you navigate this issue. You will find detailed information on what steps you should take by accessing the following link: Employment Related Identity Theft | Internal Revenue Service (irs.gov)

Identity Verification

All claimants filing unemployment must verify their identity to protect your information and prevent fraud. Those filing on UI.ok.gov may verify online, but all others must verify in-person or via fax. Online identity verification must be completed every 90 days. If you are unable to verify online, visit one of our local Oklahoma Works offices.

Once you begin, you will have 30-minutes before your session times out. If you do not complete the process within the 30-minute window your progress may be lost.

Accepted forms of ID for online verification include: Driver’s License from any US State, State-issued ID, Resident Card / Green Card, and a Passport (only as a secondary ID). No other forms of ID are valid for online verification.

You can t​​​​ake a picture of your ID and face with a phone or tablet and upload directly into the application. You can also use a digital camera to take your picture, or use saved photos on your computer or even social media (ensuring it fits the guidelines). If scanning IDs on a printer, you will need to save them as a JPG/JPEG or PNG format. Depending on your printer, you may need to convert from a PDF to these required formats.

Identity verification can be done online with a computer, tablet, or mobile device. If you can’t verify your identity online, you will need to visit an Oklahoma Works Office near you to complete your verification or contact our Unemployment Service Center at (405) 525-1500. You can also visit a local library or other public facility with computer access if you don't have internet or computer access.

If verifying in-person, you must bring two (2) forms of identification, one primary and one secondary ID. See below for a list of acceptable primary and secondary IDs. Please note, these differ from the accepted forms for online verification.

Primary

  • Driver’s License or State issued ID
  • US Passport or Foreign Passport with I-551
  • Permanent Resident Card or Alien Registration Receipt Card
  • US Military ID, including spouse or dependent’s ID
  • Native American ID with photo
  • School ID with photo

Secondary

  • Social Security Card
  • Native American Tribal document
  • Certified Birth Certificate
  • Voter’s Registration Card
  • Other State-issued ID with photo
  • Medical Marijuana Card
  • Concealed Carry Permit

New Claims

Anyone is unemployed may file a claim for unemployment. Typically, you must meet the following criteria to be eligible.

  • You are unemployed through no fault of your own
  • You are able and available to seek and accept work
  • You earned a minimum of $1,500 from a covered employer during your base period.

Since Unemployment Insurance (UI) is an insurance paid by Oklahoma employers, it is not available for self-employed, contract, or gig workers. 

If you quit or were fired, an issue (hold) will be placed on your claim until a determination of eligibility is made by OESC.  An individual shall be disqualified for benefits for leaving their last work voluntarily without good cause (reference Oklahoma Employment Security Act section 2-405 for more information). There are also certain provisions for leaving work due to compelling family circumstances (reference Oklahoma Employment Security Act section 2-210 for more information).  If you were discharged or fired for misconduct, reference  Oklahoma Employment Security Act section 2-406.

In order to complete your application, you'll need the following information and documents.

  • Social Security Number
  • Name, mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address
  • Alien registration number and expiration date, if a non-citizen
  • Oklahoma Driver's License or state-issued ID card number
  • Name and address of the company on your paycheck stub or W-2 form
  • Employment start and end date
  • Wages earned and how you were paid (hourly, weekly, monthly)
  • Form SF8 or SF 50 if employed by the Federal government in the last 18 months
  • DD Form 214 for military service in the previous 18 months

The amount that an individual qualifies for is based on wages earned from covered employers during the base period. The base period is the first four of the previous five completed calendar quarters (appx. first 12 of the last 15 months).

The weekly benefit amount is one twenty-third (1/23) of the highest quarter of taxable wages in your base period, not to exceed the maximum weekly benefit amount allowed by Oklahoma law. Taxable wages are is a tax paid by your employer and is not taken from your paycheck. If monetarily eligible, the weekly benefit amount will not be less than $16.00 nor more than the maximum allowed by law. For 2021 the maximum weekly benefit amount is $461.00. For example, if your highest quarter of earnings during your base period is $14,000, you would divide this by 23, which would be $608.70. Since the maximum weekly benefit amount allowed by law for 2021 is $461, your weekly benefit amount will only be $461. Please note that this amount does not reflect any special programs that provide additional monetary benefits on top of the weekly benefit amount.

All unemployment benefits are taxable. Individuals who filed for and received unemployment benefits will receive a 1099-G tax form from the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission. 

When you file for unemployment, you have the option to choose to have taxes taken out at the time benefits are paid. If you opt to have the deductions taken out of your unemployment benefits, the standard deduction used is 10% for Federal taxes, and 3% for State taxes. When filing your yearly income taxes, you will include the 1099-G as part of your income documents and report accordingly.

Once your claim is filed, OESC must first determine if you are monetarily eligible for benefits.  We may need to request wages from other states, complete investigations on missing wages, request federal agency or military wages, or adjust your claim’s base period to accurately determine monetary eligibility. 

Once determined monetarily eligible, we will review your claim to determine if you are allowed benefits under the Oklahoma Employment Security Act. The U.S. Department of Labor has established that this eligibility determination should be issued within 21 days of a claim becoming monetarily eligible. After a determination is met, you will be mailed a letter detailing the decision and further information.

You can file an appeal in person, by mail, fax, telephone or email. Include your name, social security number, phone number, date of determination, section of law you are appealing and a detailed explanation of why you disagree with the decision. The mailing address, fax number, telephone number and email address will be listed on your determination.

All individuals filing for unemployment are required to serve a one week waiting period per Oklahoma law (§40-2-206). The first week individuals file a weekly certification during which all eligibility requirements are met will be considered the waiting period and will have no payments issued. This will not subtract from your total benefit amount.

  • Verify your identity online at UI.ok.gov, or by visiting a local Oklahoma Works office. Please note that you will need 2 forms of ID when verifying in-person.
  • Create an OKJobMatch account within seven (7) days of your initial file.
  • Perform two (2) work search efforts each week benefits are claimed.
    • This can be done through okjobmatch.com, as well as other websites such as Indeed.com or LinkedIn.com. A log must be kept of efforts for auditing purposes. OESC has provided a template log, as well as an example log to assist with tracking.
  • File weekly claims on UI.ok.gov for every week you are unemployed. Weekly claims are necessary to receive benefits.
  • Attend all required groups and appointments you may be scheduled for.

It is possible to work part-time and still draw unemployment. Full-time is defined as 32 hours or more. You must report the hours worked and gross amount of money you earned before any deductions were made. Earnings must be reported during the week you earn them, not when you actually receive the payment. “Work” means anything you do for wages during the seven (7) days of the week you are claiming unemployment benefits.

If you are the victim of domestic violence or abuse and if it has resulted in your separation from employment, you may be eligible for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits. Oklahoma law states: “If the claimant separated from employment due to domestic violence or abuse, verified by any reasonable or confidential documentation, which causes the individual to reasonably believe that the individual’s continued employment would jeopardize the safety of the individual or of any member of the individual’s immediate family.”

For additional information and assistance, please visit your nearest Oklahoma Works office. For those transitioning between careers, OESC provides training, educational opportunities, skill-building, resume assistance, networking, and job referrals.

Claim Support

You can update your contact information by visiting unemployment.state.ok.us, calling our Unemployment Service Center at 405-525-1500, or going to your nearest Oklahoma Works office.

If there is an 'issue' on your claim that is preventing payment, OESC must investigate the issue and determine whether you are eligible to receive benefits. That process can take varying amounts of time to resolve depending on the issue. If you are approved, payments will be backdated to the date the claim was filed. 

To stop your claim (for example, if you returned to work) simply discontinue filing weekly certifications. No additional payments will be issued.  To cancel a submitted claim, please contact our Unemployment Service Center at 405-525-1500 or visit your nearest Oklahoma Works office.

Weekly certifications must be filed within fourteen (14) days of the week ending date to be considered timely.  Weekly certifications which are filed untimely may not be paid.

Contact our Unemployment Service Center at 405-525-1500 if you encounter any problems when filing your weekly claim. Additionally, you may also visit one of our local Oklahoma Works offices to receive assistance.

Unemployment Insurance benefits are a temporary income to assist individuals after they have been totally or partially separated from employment through no fault of their own. These benefits are meant to assist until new employment can be secured. Because of this, you must be able and available to seek and accept suitable work to receive Unemployment Insurance benefits. 

During the pandemic, certain federal benefits were available for those who were considered high-risk or instructed by their doctor to remain out of the public, but Oklahoma discontinued those benefits on 6/26/21.

Currently, only specific individuals are exempt from registering and searching for work, but appropriate documentation must be provided. Exempted individuals include those who:

  • Are on a temporary layoff with a definite return-to-work date within 8 weeks of the last date worked
  • Are a member of a certified labor or trade union with a business agent or hiring hall
  • Are in an approved training program such as training provided through the Trade Adjustment Assistance program.

To reset and establish a new PIN online, visit UI.ok.gov and click the "Manage Claim" button. If you are unable to change your PIN online, please contact our Unemployment Service Center at 405-525-1500 or visit your nearest Oklahoma Works office. For resetting your debit card PIN, please contact our card vendor Conduent at 866-320-8699.

Your benefit year is the 52-week time period that your unemployment claim is considered active before you need to reapply. This starts when you first filed and were approved for unemployment benefits, and last for 52 weeks (one year) from when you were eligible. This does not necessarily mean you will be eligible for benefits all 52 weeks, which depends on your individual situation and federal extensions. 

Your benefit year ends 52 weeks after the effective date for your claim. You can find this date by looking back at your initial determination documents or in your claims portal on UI.ok.gov. To find this information online, log into UI.ok.gov and click on “Claim Status” in the claimant profile box. The Claim Status page will show the claim’s effective date, and the benefit year will end 1 year after the date shown. Claimants may also see a notice in their account when filing a weekly claim. 

To reapply for benefits, claimants should visit ui.ok.gov and follow the instructions to start a Traditional Unemployment Insurance (UI) application. 

CARES Act Programs

Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) is a federal program that provides extended benefits to individuals who have exhausted their regular Unemployment Insurance benefits. The CARES Act of 2020 provided up to thirteen (13) weeks of this benefit, which was available 3/29/2020 to 12/26/2020.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) is a federal benefit made available to self-employed, contract, and gig workers who are not traditionally eligible for regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. The CARES Act of 2020 provided thirty-nine (39) weeks of unemployment benefits, which was available 2/2/2020 to 12/26/2020.

To file for any type of unemployment claim, please visit ui.ok.gov.

In order to apply for and establish a PUA claim, individuals must first be denied regular or traditional Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits.

The computation of the weekly assistance amount for PUA will be based on the gross wages for an unemployed worker and net earnings for self-employed individuals. All wages earned for the performance of services in the most recently completed tax year (2019) will be used to compute the weekly assistance amount.

The weekly assistance amount will be calculated in accordance with Oklahoma Employment Security Law. The weekly amount shall be the weekly amount of compensation that the individual would have been paid as regular unemployment insurance compensation unless the weekly benefit amount is less than 50% of the average weekly payment of regular unemployment insurance benefits. The maximum weekly assistance amount shall not exceed the maximum weekly benefit amount of regular unemployment insurance benefits payable in the state. Employment, wages, and self-employment that are not covered by the Oklahoma Employment Security Law shall be treated in the same manner and with the same effect as covered employment and wages. Employment and wages that are prohibited by federal law shall not be included in the computation of weekly assistance amount.

Payment & Conduent

Unemployment benefits are paid to a debit card provided by the state's vendor, Conduent. The card will be issued to you at the time your first eligible week processes. It normally takes between 10-14 days to receive the card. Do not throw the debit card away. You have two (2) options to receive payments. 

  • You may receive your payments via the debit card, or
  • You may transfer the payments from the debit card into your own U.S. banking account, for no fee. 

To access payments through either option, you must activate the card by following the instructions sent with the card. To set up this recurring transfers, you must activate your card and then visit GoProgram.com or call 866-320-8699 and use the automated system to enter your banking information. If you have previously been issued a debit card for benefit payments within the past three (3) years, your payment will be issued to that debit card unless otherwise specified. If you no longer have your previously issued debit card, please contact Conduent at 866-320-8699.

Your unemployment debit card will be mailed the day after your first eligible weekly certification has been filed. Please allow 10-14 days to receive the card. If it has been more than 14 days since you filed your first eligible weekly certification, and you have received confirmation from OESC that you are eligible for benefits and payments have been issued, please contact Conduent at 866-320-8699 to resolve your missing card. 

If no payments are showing as issued, there may be an issue with your claim, and you will need to call our Unemployment Service Center at 405-525-1500 to speak with a representative or contact your nearest Oklahoma Works office for assistance.

Cards can be expedited by Conduent, but there is a fee for the additional mailing costs.  These will be deducted from the balance on the card.  There is a limited number of debit cards Conduent can issue in a single day, so in rare cases claimants may be unable to expedite cards. To expedite a card please contact our Unemployment Service Center at 405-525-1500, your nearest Oklahoma Works office, or Conduent at 866-320-8699.

All unemployment benefits are issued to a pre-paid debit card provided by our card vendor Conduent. If you would like these funds automatically transferred to your personal banking account, you can do so after receiving and activating your card. To set up recurring transfers, contact Conduent at 866-320-8699 or visit their website at goprogram.com.

If your claim is valid and you file an eligible weekly certification, payments are typically issued the following day to your unemployment debit card. Please keep in mind that weekends and holidays may delay deposits. Also, if you have set up recurring transfers to your personal banking account, an additional day may be required depending on your bank's processing time. 

Conduent is a third-party vendor for the State of Oklahoma. For all debit card related inquiries, such as delays, direct deposits, suspensions, or other activity, please contact them at 866-320-8699 or by visiting their website at goprogram.com.