Attention: Governor Kevin Stitt has announced that Oklahoma will start a new Back to Work Initiative, in addition to reverting back to pre-pandemic unemployment insurance benefits and eligibility requirements starting June 27. View the Governor's Executive Order for this initiative, and additional resources about this initiative from OESC.
If you would like to inquire about a 1099-G form, please report it via the Virtual Agent on the OESC home page. When you enter the homepage, click on the Virtual Agent icon in the bottom right of the screen. After the initial prompt, select the "Claimant" option, then “1099-G Form Inquiry”. For additional information about 1099-G forms, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Apply for Oklahoma Unemployment Benefits
Unemployment benefits help eligible workers who have lost their job, or on reduced hours, by providing temporary supplemental income. Individuals who have become unemployed or partially unemployed, to no fault of their own, may file for benefits.
Select "Sign In" to access your existing account and claim information or "Create an Account" to create a new account and file a new claim.
Types of Unemployment Benefits
There are two types of unemployment benefits available to citizens.
Traditional Unemployment Insurance (UI)
Traditional unemployment compensation is for individuals who have experienced a loss of work due to no fault of their own, and who worked for a covered employer who paid Unemployment Insurance (UI) tax.
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
The Federal government has temporarily expanded unemployment benefits to individuals who are typically not eligible for traditional Unemployment Insurance, which includes self-employed, contract, and gig workers. To apply for PUA, you must first apply for traditional UI and be denied.
Anyone who is unemployed may file a claim for unemployment. To qualify you must:
- be unemployed through no fault of your own
- be able to work
- be available to work and registered on OKJobMatch.com
- have earned a minimum of $1,500 during your base period
Through the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program, the federal government has extended unemployment benefits to those who would not typically qualify, including self-employed, contract, and gig workers.
Create an account and complete your profile on ui.ok.gov. This includes verifying your identity and connecting your Social Security Number.
Once completed, all individuals must apply for traditional Unemployment Insurance (UI) first. If your application for traditional UI is denied, you may then apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).
Once your application is approved, you will need to file weekly claims in order to receive your benefits. Log in to your account at ui.ok.gov and select the appropriate benefit type (Traditional Unemployment Claim or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance) to file your weekly claims.
Your benefits will paid to you on an Unemployment Insurance debit card. The card will be issued to you at the time your first eligible week processes. Because of the continuing COVID-19 situation and delays with the mail, it may take 10 - 14 days before you receive your debit card. Do not throw the debit card away. You may receive your payments via the prepaid debit card or you may directly transfer the payments from the prepaid debit card into your own U.S. banking account, for no fee. For more information on your debit card visit www.goprogram.com.