OESC Says There Have Been More Than 700 Thousand Claims Processed

Thursday, July 9th 2020, 6:22 am
By: Caleb Califano

Midwest City -

People looking for help with their unemployment claims lined up outside of the Reed Center in Midwest City Thursday, for what was supposed to be the last day of Oklahoma Employment Security Commission meetings.

The spot in Midwest City will now be open next Monday and Tuesday. Monday's event is full, but they're still handing out passes for Tuesday.

Originally the OESC only planned to be working at the Reed Center for four days, now at least four additional days have been added.

News 9 has been out at the center nearly every day, and while there is still a line, they are not as long as last week.

Interim Director Shelley Zumwalt said since the Pandemic started, the OESC has processed 700,000 claims.

News 9 asked Zumwalt if she felt that they had an end goal with the large amount of people still showing up to get help everyday, and how much longer these in-person meetings are sustainable.

"I think I don't have a date in mind where I am like yes, we have served every single person. Because it's a moving target." said Zumwalt. "But at some point we will have to access and see if it is a good use at that time to be doing these in person."

Zumwalt said though she does feel like they are making at least a dent in the amount of people served, especially for people who had no idea what to do, and didn't even have their name in the system.

Thursday, next Monday and Tuesday's events will go from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The next large event like this will be in Tulsa next week.