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Unemployment claims continue declining

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission (OESC) continues to report a continued decline in continued and initial unemployment claims, with the continued claims four-week moving average declining for the 32nd consecutive week.

“As we continue to recover from the pandemic, we are pleased to see the decline in initial and continued claims,” said Shelley Zumwalt, OESC Executive Director. “Our staff is continuing to work hard to get federal and state unemployment benefits out the door. So far, we have paid out more than $300 million in Continued Assistance Act benefits in late January, with more than 100,000 Oklahomans receiving payments.”

OESC mailed out IRS tax form 1099-G to all claimants who received unemployment benefits in 2020, and claimants should receive their form in early February. To address any questions or concerns with the 1099-G form, OESC set up a hotline number for claimants to call to receive assistance at 405-521-6099.

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