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35k Oklahomans got new federal benefits, OESC releases payment timeline for remaining claimants

Posted at 9:00 PM, Jan 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-08 23:19:45-05

TULSA, Okla. — Money is on the way to jobless Oklahomans. The state’s employment security commission announced nearly 35,000 people already received payment. Meanwhile, there is a timeline for when others will get their turn.

READ MORE: Timeline when Oklahomans can expect 1st round of new relief payments

“We are going to do a phased approach based on people who have not… working from people who have not been paid out the maximum amount of benefits in the previous calendar year — these are people who have been paid, essentially, the least amount of money during the pandemic — and work forward from there,” said Oklahoma Employment Security Commission Executive Director Shelley Zumwalt during a Facebook video update.

Claimants whose PUA or PEUC benefits ended due to the expiration of the CARES Act but still had benefit weeks remaining on their claim were paid on Thursday.

In the second phase of payments, money will go to those who have maxed out their claims before the expiration dates of the PUA, PEUC, or SEB programs.

OESC expects all eligible Oklahomans will get paid by the end of January.

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