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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, Hughes, Love, Murray, Okmulgee, Pontotoc, Osage 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.

Initial and Continued Claims Data

The national weekly seasonally adjusted initial claims series is a leading economic indicator and is widely followed by economic and financial analysts to help them assess where the economy might be headed. It is one of ten components in the Composite Index of Leading Economic Indicators. To smooth out the volatility in the weekly initial claims data, a 4-week moving average is used to assess trends.

Oklahoma's Unemployment Insurance claims data presented below are not seasonally adjusted.

There are two components to the Unemployment Insurance claims data. The first component, initial claims, measure emerging unemployment. The second component, continued weeks claimed, (also referred to as insured unemployment), measure the number of persons claiming unemployment benefits after their initial claim.

For the file week ending May 11, the number of initial claims, unadjusted, totaled 1,301, a decrease of 111 from the previous week's level of 1,412. For the same file week, the less volatile initial claims 4-week moving average was 1,298, an increase of 36 from the previous week's average of 1,262.

For the file week ending May 11, the unadjusted number of continued claims totaled 9,459, a decrease of 16 from the previous week’s level of 9,475. For the same file week, the less volatile continued claims 4-week moving average was 9,330, an increase of 94 from the previous week's average of 9,236..

This data comes from the U.S. Department of Labor Employment & Training Administration (DOLETA). 

Download a spreadsheet containing Oklahoma Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Data

For data on other states or for more information on the data visit the Employment and Training Administration's website at: https://oui.doleta.gov/unemploy/claims.asp.