More Than 50,000 Oklahomans Filed For Unemployment Benefits Last Week

Thursday, June 11th 2020, 1:35 pm
By: News 9


The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission reported more than 50,000 Oklahomans filed for unemployment benefits for the week ending June 6.

The OESC said the unadjusted advance number of unemployment claims last week was 50,397, a 16.5 percent decrease from the previous week's revised level of 60,376.

Unemployment claims continue to be processed at a rapid rate. Between May 31 and June 8, the OESC said it processed 67,000 claims.

The total unemployment payouts to Oklahomans during this span of nine days is valued at $198 million.

“I know Oklahomans are facing tough decisions and some are still having issues with our system," OESC Interim Executive Director Shelley Zumwalt said. "I want them to know we’re working on processing their claims day and night - we haven’t forgotten about you. We’re processing claims at a very high rate, as evidenced by the total claims numbers. We have a long way to go and will continue to do everything we can to get all concerns addressed.”