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Long line Wednesday at OESC’s unemployment claim filing event in Midwest City

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Hundreds of thousands of Oklahomans are out of work during the coronavirus pandemic. The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission has been plagued by issues when it comes to filing unemployment claims.

The agency is hosting an in-person filing event Wednesday morning. The doors didn’t open until 7 a.m., but the line was already long and wrapped around the building before then.

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Officials said they will be able to see 500 people Wednesday morning, but that is the limit.

The agency set up the four-day event to try and help people with unemployment claims after a hectic last week. For several days, hundreds of people showed up to OESC's office near the capitol looking for help. Many of them were turned away.

To try and see more people, OESC has set up the Reed Center in Midwest City with staff for in-person meetings. The agency’s interim director blames the entire mess on an outdated phone and internet system.

The Reed Center will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and next Monday through Thursday on a first-come, first-served basis. Everyone turned away will be given a front of line pass so they can be seen first the following day.

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