Oklahoma Unemployment Extensions Information

Oklahoma Unemployment Benefits Extension


“How to get an unemployment extension” and more specifically “what can I do to extend unemployment” will undoubtedly be questions on the minds of many persons currently enrolled in the Oklahoma unemployment insurance benefits program. To assist in answering these questions about an unemployment extension, a recipient must understand the guidelines for the two types of unemployment benefits extension programs. 

As a general rule, federal unemployment extension programs are only available during periods of high unemployment. One federal extension program is called the Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08) which was a one-time legislative effort to assist those who lost their jobs during the Great Recession that of 2008.The other is called Federal-State Extended Duration (FED-ED). However, these two unemployment extension programs are not currently active in the United States.

For those wanting to learn more about an unemployment compensation extension please look at the following sections:

•    Unemployment compensation extension federal guidelines in Oklahoma
•    Emergency unemployment compensation in Oklahoma
•    Federal-state unemployment extension duration in Oklahoma

Unemployment compensation extension federal guidelines in Oklahoma


For those wondering “How can I extend unemployment benefits?” be advised that there are programs dealing with unemployment insurance extensions. During times when the unemployment rate remains high, the United States Congress can vote to extend unemployment benefits for an additional period of time. The unemployment benefits extension programs are available through both the state and federal governments during periods of high unemployment, providing a higher level of economic security to those who are out of work. Extended benefits can be obtained by recipients who have exhausted their regular OK unemployment insurance benefits. The basic Extended Benefits allows for 13 additional weeks of benefits if a state is experiencing a period of high unemployment. Some states have also initiated a voluntary program to pay an additional seven weeks of extended benefits, totaling a maximum of 20 weeks.

Not everyone who qualifies for regular benefits qualifies for extended benefits. The weekly benefit amount of extended benefits is the same as the amount the recipient receives for regular unemployment compensation.
It is critical to note that recipients cannot file for unemployment extended benefits on any given day. An unemployment benefits extension can only be applied to existing beneficiaries when OK is experiencing very high rates of unemployment. It is only during these times that the state/federal government will activate these extended benefit programs, and they will actually mail out notifications to the eligible candidates who will receive extended benefits.

However, it is a good idea to keep your own log of unemployment insurance coverage benefits received to ensure that you are awarded all the payments for which you are eligible. If you are unsure about whether you might be eligible for an unemployment compensation extension, you can always contact your unemployment counselor to check on whether extended benefits are available.


Emergency unemployment compensation in Oklahoma


The formerly active federal unemployment extension program (EUC08) expired in 2013. It is not presently known if it will become active again. If you are curious about this federal unemployment extension program, it is suggested you contact Oklahoma labor authorities or follow developments in the national news.

For purposes of information, it included four stages as follows:
Stage 1 EUC08:  20-week maximum unemployment extension 
Stage 2 EUC08:  14-week maximum unemployment extension
Stage 3 EUC08:  13-week maximum unemployment extension
Stage 4 EUC08:    6-week maximum unemployment extension

In general, if you consume all of your regular unemployment insurance benefits, you normally do not have to apply for an unemployment benefits extension because the system automatically applies for you, if you are eligible. If you approach the point where your benefits will run out, contact your employment counselor to see what you have to do to receive an unemployment extension.


Federal-State Extended Duration in Oklahoma


Another unemployment extension program is the Federal-State Extended Duration (FED-ED), also called Extended Benefits (EB). This program was developed as a result of the EUC08 extension in an effort to avoid national economic depression with a more permanent measure to help unemployment recipients. You can only qualify for EB unemployment benefits extension if you have exhausted all of your regular unemployment benefits. If you qualify for an EB unemployment extension, you will receive additional benefits in the amount of 20 weeks, or 80 percent of the maximum benefit amount of the original unemployment claim, whichever amount is less.
Remember, these programs are only available during high unemployment periods and that you cannot arbitrarily apply for an unemployment benefits extension in Oklahoma. If you are eligible for an unemployment extension, the government will notify you by mail.

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