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Unemployment Insurance: Oklahoma

Unemployment Insurance requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Authors: Autumn G. Long and Alan L. Rupe, Kutak Rock LLP


  • Unemployment insurance is a nationwide program created to provide partial wage replacement to unemployed workers while they conduct an active search for work. Unemployment insurance is a joint federal-state program based on federal law and executed through state law. See Oklahoma Unemployment Insurance.
  • Employers finance unemployment insurance with state and federal tax contributions. The Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) was created to finance all administrative expenses of the federal/state unemployment insurance system and the federal costs involved in providing benefits. The Oklahoma unemployment tax is used only for the payment of regular benefits to qualified unemployed workers. See Oklahoma Unemployment Insurance.
  • Oklahoma unemployment insurance is provided under the Employment Security Act. Most employers in Oklahoma are subject to this law. See Oklahoma Unemployment Insurance.
  • Unemployment benefits will generally last for up to 26 weeks. See Benefits.
  • Claimants must meet certain requirements in order to be eligible for unemployment benefits. See Eligibility.
  • Employers must follow specified recordkeeping, notice and posting requirements. See Recordkeeping Requirements; Notice and Posting Requirements.
  • Seasonal workers are eligible for unemployment benefits under certain conditions. See Seasonal Employment.