Oklahoma unemployment hits record-high

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TULSA, Okla. — Oklahoma is seeing a record-setting number of people filing for unemployment.

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission says it’s related to all of the COVID-19 closures.

For the week that ended on March 28, the adjusted claims in Oklahoma totaled nearly 45,000 -- an increase of 23,000 from the previous record.

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Officials say they expect unemployment to remain high for at least the next 3 weeks. They hope it won’t get higher than 20 percent.

The CARES Act and $2 trillion stimulus package could provide relief for some people as the largest expansion of unemployment insurance in the nations history.

It will extend unemployment insurance to independent contractors and other self-employed individuals.

For more information about unemployment and how to file, go to the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission’s site here.