Hundreds More Line Up At OESC Looking For Answers Surrounding Unemployment

Thursday, June 25th 2020, 9:47 am
By: Caleb Califano


The unemployment lines at the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission were in the hundreds Thursday, as people waited for answers.

The earliest people arrived at the building was around 9 p.m. Wednesday night. By 4 a.m. Thursday rolled around, the line was already more than 100 people. Many of them are frustrated with problems surrounded being victims of fraud, being framed for fraud and even back pay. 

Most of the people waiting in line News 9 talked to are just tired of the long lines.

"If I come tomorrow does that mean I need to be here at seven tonight? I mean its four o'clock in the morning and there is more people than the peak of yesterday," says Keith Steinhour, who has waited in line for the past two days.

OESC interim director Shelley Zumwalt says she understands there is many problems, especially surrounding the lack of workers. 

"We are reacting to the situation in real time to make sure that we can have adequate staff for the situation," she said.