Oklahomans Line Up Outside MWC Reed Center As Week 2 Of Unemployment Assistance Begins

Monday, July 6th 2020, 6:01 am
By: Caleb Califano

For weeks, people have been waiting in lines for hours on end at the Reed Center in Midwest City, and the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission's main office for answers surrounding unemployment.

These lines are all for a process that people say takes a few minutes .

Monday they separated the line into two groups, one with tickets with numbers on them and one without tickets at all. People without any tickets will get numbers for Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday.

News 9 talked to few people these past few days. One of them was was served in five minutes and got his claim processed. 

Kelly Dyer, made a two hour drive from Hominy northwest of Tulsa and is back again after being served last Wednesday.

“I went home like they told me to, and filed all my paperwork. So I did, then I got to certain date and it said it was having an internal service error. Hopefully things will work out this time,” said Dyer.

Hundreds upon hundreds of people showed up at the Reed Center during the first two days of this event last week.

Wednesday there were more than 1,000 people in line that wrapped all the way towards the nearby Home Depot.

However, OESC interim director Shelley Zumwalt assures that anyone that gets inside the Reed Center doors this week will be served.

“That’s the thing I would tell people coming in. Everyone who makes it through the door will get served no matter how late it is,” she said.

This week, the OESC will be working until Thursday

Every day the doors open around 7 a.m. and they will be working until 7 p.m.