Unemployed Oklahomans Breathe Sigh Of Relief Over Unemployment Benefits

Tuesday, December 29th 2020, 6:55 am
By: Tevis Hillis

Many unemployed Oklahomans are sighing with relief after President Trump signed into law an additional unemployment relief package.

On December 21, 2020 Tammy G. spoke to News 9 regarding her concerns about what is next for unemployed Oklahomans like herself.

"I see they do not have Christmas gifts this week," said Miss Tammy.

But now she feels relief.

"I feel security. Security to get through this virus," said Miss Tammy. 

She’s sleeping a little easier as there will be extra benefits for those experiencing unemployment due to the pandemic.

It hasn't been easy since the extra federal benefits expired. Tammy was living off just $196 a week.

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission says unemployment claims have been steadily declining, but thousands are still struggling to make ends meet due to COVID-19.

With the new bill signed into law this will allow for 11 weeks of extra federal assistance.

OESC advises claimants to not file a new UI or PUA even if their benefits were exhausted earlier this year.

OESC is waiting for more information from the Department of Labor before they can distribute funds.