The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission is coming to Tulsa next week to help anyone who is unemployed and struggling to get their claims processed.
The OESC will hold two in-person events next Wednesday and Thursday, July 15 and 16, at the River Spirit Expo at the Tulsa Fairgrounds from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Their goal is to help 400 people per day. On Wednesday the 15th, once the first 400 claimants have received their ticket to hold their place in line, claimants who arrive after will be given a "front of the line" pass for Thursday, the 16th.
"We were able to serve thousands of Oklahomans at our recent Oklahoma City events," said OESC Interim Executive Director Shelley Zumwalt. "The Tulsa events will allow us the opportunity to better serve Oklahomans all over the state. We will continue processing claims as quickly and safely as possible."
The OESC said they started holding these large events because their offices have been overwhelmed with people lining up hours in advance.
For those who go to next week's event, the OESC said physical distancing measures will be in effect for staff as well as attendees: staff will frequently sanitize high-contact areas like counters and door handles and a distanced indoor waiting area will be available for claimants.
Everyone is asked to wear a mask for the entirety of the event, and temperature checks will be done before people can enter the facility. They ask claimants to start lining up at 6 a.m.
The OESC will be able to process many types of claims at the Tulsa events, including:
PUA - Filed Once and Locked Out
PUA - Never Filed
Credit Card Never Received
Language or Technological Assistance
Initial Claim Filing Assistance
Upon arrival, claimants will be divided into groups based on the above categories to better streamline the process and more efficiently serve attendees.