Many workers in Oklahoma who have been unable to work due to the continuing storms that began on May 7th in the state are now able to send in applications for Unemployment Assistance (DUA) to the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission (OESC).
The first step in the process is to file a state unemployment insurance claim here.
Once eligibility is denied for regular unemployment, the claimant can proceed with applying for DUA. OESC representatives are available to assist with this process by phone at 1‐800‐555‐1554 weekdays from 8am‐4pm. It is important to mention your reason for call is damage from severe storms, straight line winds, tornadoes, and/or flooding that has temporarily affected your ability to earn income.
Current eligible counties: Muskogee, Tulsa, Wagoner
Application Deadline: July 5, 2019
It is important to note that claimants have a maximum of 21 days from the date they file to provide all required documentation (social security number and proof of earnings and employment via a check stub and/or recent tax forms). This information may be faxed to the OESC at 405‐962‐7524 Attn: DUA desk. If you would rather send the documents through the mail, they should be sent to: OESC P.O. Box 52006 Oklahoma City, OK 73152‐2006
Requirements for Eligibility:
- Have applied for and used all regular unemployment benefits or do not qualify for unemployment benefits;
- Worked for an employer, were self‐employed, or were scheduled to begin work or self‐employment in the disaster area;
- Can no longer work or perform services because of physical damage, destruction, or inaccessibility of the place of employment as a direct result of the disaster;
- Are unable to reach their job or self‐employment location because they must travel through the affected area and are prevented from doing so due to the disaster;
- Establish that work or self‐employment they can no longer perform was their primary source of income;
- Cannot perform work or self‐employment because of an injury as a direct result of the disaster;
- Became the breadwinner or major support of a household because of the death of the head of household.
Resources for finding work within the state of Oklahoma can be found through Workforce Oklahoma as well as OKJobMatch.