FEMA: Oklahoma approved for $300 unemployment benefit

FEMA: Oklahoma approved for $300 unemployment benefit
Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Monday that he had applied for inclusion into the program for the unemployed who are receiving at least $100 in state unemployment benefits. (Source: Live 5/File)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma’s application for $300 per week federal unemployment benefits to people left jobless because of the coronavirus has been approved, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Oklahoma becomes the ninth state to be approved for the program announced earlier this month by President Donald Trump, according to a Tuesday night statement from FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor.

Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Monday that he had applied for inclusion into the program for the unemployed who are receiving at least $100 in state unemployment benefits.

“As we are months ahead of other states in our recovery and Oklahoma is open for business, many Oklahomans have returned to work or are in training to take on a new career,” Stitt said Monday. “However, we also want to continue to help those who are still working to secure employment.”

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission reported a 6.6% statewide unemployment rate for June, the most recent report. July’s jobless numbers are to be released Friday.

Unemployed Oklahomans have faced numerous challenges in receiving unemployment benefits, often lining up for blocks outside the commission.