Employment Security Commission, Oklahoma
The purpose of the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission (OESC), a United States Department of Labor funded agency, is to provide services to the state's businesses an job seekers and improve the state's economy. Services offered include matching jobs and workers, administering the state's Unemployment Compensation (UC), helping to prepare the state's workforce with necessary skills, and providing labor market information. 
Budget information is not available on the OESC website, but the agency's financial data can be accessed on the Oklahoma Open Book website and the agency's budget can be accessed through the state's Office of State Finance.
Fiscal 2012 Executive Budget*
Expenditures by Fund - $000's
|Type of Fund||Fiscal Year 2009 Actual||Fiscal Year 2010 Actual||Fiscal Year 2011Budgeted|
|Constitutional Reserve Fund||0||0||0|
|Employment Sec Comm Revolving||1,145||206||339|
|OESC Computer Fund||2,975||1,800||0|
|CMIA Programs Disbursing Fund||18,782||25,614||30,000|
|OESC Administration Fund||48,530||56,671||74,230|
|American Recov. & Reinv. Act||234||3,996||2,865|
|Total Expenditures by Fund||$71,666||$88,287||$123,687|
Expenditures by Object - $000's
|Object of Expenditure||Fiscal Year 2009 Actual||Fiscal Year 2010 Actual||Fiscal Year 2011Budgeted|
|Salaries and Benefits||37,592||40,260||54,106|
|Payments To Local Govt Subdivisions||18,784||25,640||30,000|
|Other Operating Expenses||9,979||17,406||32,213|
|Total Expenditures by Object||$71,670||$88,286||$123,688|
Expenditures by Budget Activity / Sub-Activity - $000's
|Activity Name||Fiscal Year 2009 Actual||Fiscal Year 2010 Actual||Fiscal Year 2011Budgeted|
|Total Unemployment Insurance||17,500||19,432||31,626|
|Total Employment Service||1,593||1,566||2,922|
|Total Field Services||15,281||17,546||28,346|
|Employment and Training|
|Employment and Training||19,907||26,732||33,407|
|Workforce Investment Act (WIA)||2||38||0|
|Total Employment and Training||19,909||26,770||33,407|
|Total Clearing and ASA Department||0||0||0|
|Total Data Processing||9,475||10,300||15,235|
|Total Expenditures by Activity||$71,666||$88,285||$123,687|
*The totals may not match due to rounding.
Expenditures by Class 2008-2011
|Prop, Furn, Equip & Related Debt||1,192,358||3,559,465||3,866,539||1,675,592|
|Gen Asst, Awds, Prog-Directed||16,728,964||32,429,209||20,161,759||22,824,003|
|Transfers and Other Disbursements||156,903||1,537,867||82,552||150,000|
|Award Amount||ARRA Expenditure Amount||Jobs for Last Quarter|
The agency offers programs and services to workers, jobseekers, and businesses/employers. Services for the workforce include job search and career resources; unemployment benefits; Workforce Investment Act (WIA) programs; job fairs and opportunities postings; and veteran priority services.
Services for Businesses / Employers include assistance finding qualified workers; employer information and forms; new hire reporting; taxable wage base and rates; tax rate schedule; tax and training incentives; and business seminar information.
Through OESC, qualifying unemployed workers can file for Unemployment Insurance (UI); obtain general UI information and necessary forms; and file for appeals. Employers can also obtain information and forms regarding UI and UI-related taxes, and file for appeals.
Unemployment Insurance Claim Statistics for Oklahoma 2010:
|Initial claims for unemployment benefits||199,495|
|Initial claims made were protested by the employer in 2010||62,580|
|Due to voluntary quit||16,599|
|Decisions to allow benefits (in favor of claimants)||2,610|
|Decisions to deny benefits (in favor of employers)||13,989|
|Due to discharge for misconduct||45,981|
|Decisions to allow benefits (in favor of claimants)||28,427|
|Decisions to deny benefits (in favor of employers)||17,554|
|Appeals filed with the Appeal Tribunal|
|Winning percentages before the Appeal Tribunal|
|Appeals filed with the Board of Review|
|Reverse or remand rate||11.9%|
|Winning percentages before the Board of Review|
Workforce Investment Act (WIA) programs include Work Based Training (age 55 and older); services for Adults & Dislocated Workers, and Youth; Federal Bonding; Foreign Labor Certification; grants such as the National Emergency Grant (NEG); SEA (Special Excepted Appointment) Project; Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA); and the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC).
Labor Market Statistics are also provided by the agency, including Industry and Occupational Employment Projections, Workforce Investment Area Data, Local Employment Dynamics, Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages; Current Employment Statistics; Local Area Unemployment Statistics; Occupational Employment Statistics; and Unemployment rates and UI statistics.
Veterans' Priority services are provided by OESC as a condition of receiving U.S. Department of Labor funds for employment and training services for eligible residents and workers. Veterans receive priority referral for job openings and Department of Labor funded training programs.
General contact information for the agency is provided but no direct contact information for executive staff or administrators.
OESC Commission members are listed, along with meeting information. Individual contact information for the commissioners is not provided.
The agency's 2011-2015 Strategic Plan is posted, although Annual Reports do not seem to be available.
OESC press releases are posted on the agency website.
Open Records Act information and procedures are not posted.
Budget and audit documents do not seem to be available.
Per an agency press release, the state's June 2011 unemployment rate, seasonally adjusted, was 5.3%, unchanged from May 2011. The national employment rate increased 0.1% to 9.2% in June. In June 2010, the state's unemployment rate was 7.0%.
|June 2011||Unemployment rate*||Labor force*||Employment*||Unemployment*|
*Data adjusted for seasonal factors
- About OESC
- Oklahoma Open Books By Agency (timed out)
- Office of State Finance Budget Books
- Oklahoma Recovery (timed out)
- American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
- Services for Employers
- Unemployment Insurance Claimant Information
- Unemployment Insurance Employer Information
- Unemployment Insurance Claim Statistics
- Workforce Services Assistance Programs
- Labor Market Statistics
- Veterans Priority
- Contact OESC
- Commissioner Members/Meetings
- 2011-2015 Strategic Plan
- News Releases
- State unemployment rate unchanged in June
State of Oklahoma
Oklahoma City (capital)
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