OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Figures from Oklahoma Child Support
Services show that the number of parents paying child support out
of their unemployment compensation has increased by more than half
in a year.
In March, Oklahoma Child Support Services collected $2.15
million in payments from non-custodial parents who were receiving
unemployment checks. That figure represents 6,618 cases in which
the child support services division has found noncustodial parents
and set up child support payment plans. According to the agency's
figures, that's almost a 57 percent increase from April 2009.
Program administrator Jeff Wagner said the figure trends upward
Figures released by the state on Friday say the state's
unemployment rate in March was 6.6 percent.