How to Calculate What Your Unemployment Check Will Be in Oklahoma

If you are like many other Americans, you depend on a regular paycheck from your employer to meet your monthly expenses such as rent or mortgage payments, groceries, fuel for your car, loan payments and utilities. Losing a job can be a financially devastating experience, particularly if you do not have savings available to pay for your expenses until you secure another job. However, if you are an Oklahoma resident and lose your job through no fault of your own, you may be eligible for unemployment compensation. You can estimate your weekly Oklahoma unemployment payment based on your income before you lost your job.

Step 1

Calculate your total gross income for each of the previous four calendar quarters. For example, if you file an unemployment claim in September 2001, determine your earnings for April through June 2011; January through March 2011; October through December 2010; and July through September 2010.

Step 2

Identify the highest-earning quarter from the previous four calendar quarters.

Step 3

Divide the total gross earnings from your highest-earning quarter by 23. This amount is an estimate of how much you will receive each week if you are eligible for unemployment benefits in Oklahoma.

Step 4

Determine whether your estimated weekly benefit exceeds the maximum weekly unemployment benefit in Oklahoma. As of September 2011, the maximum weekly benefit is $409. If your estimated benefit exceeds this amount, you will still receive a weekly benefit of $409 regardless of your earnings when you were employed.

Tip

Be prepared to show the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission that you had no fault in your separation from your employer if you quit or were fired from your job. If you leave your employer voluntarily or through termination, your reason for separation will affect your unemployment eligibility.

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