SC Unemployment Rises

3,000 less than last week

Lee Rogers
May 21, 2020 - 11:06 am
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The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce issued the following media release Thursday.

Initial Claims: For claim week ending May 16, 2020, the number of South Carolinians who filed their initial claim for unemployment insurance benefits is 29,446, a decrease of 3,067 initial claims from the week prior. This means that there were 29,446 individuals, who both live and work in the state of South Carolina, filed an initial claim during the claim week, May 10, 2020 – May 16, 2020.

SC Initial Claims week ending May 16
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SC Department of Employment and Workforce

“Throughout the duration of this crisis, our priority is processing claims and backdating payments appropriately. We want to reassure all claimants that if and when they are found eligible, critical payments will be paid to them. Since the pandemic began in March of this year, we have received 515,595 initial claims for unemployment and paid out more than $1.35 billion dollars.

Additionally, we are close to launching our third and final federal program, Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation, which will be available to South Carolinians who exhaust their 20 weeks of unemployment insurance benefits and are still unemployed,” said Dan Ellzey, Executive Director, S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce.

“We are prepared to help both employers and claimants navigate the unemployment system during and as they transition back to work. These are trying times and it will take an all handson-deck approach from every single resident to reboot our state’s economy.”

Agency Responsiveness:

  From March 15, 2020 to May 19, 2020, the agency has paid more than $1.35 billion in a combination of state UI benefits, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (for the selfemployed
and others) and the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation ($600 per week) program.

  Our call center staff is consistently answering more than 80,000 phone calls each week.  We will continue to operate this week on an 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. schedule Monday – Friday.
Saturday’s hours will be 8 a.m. – Noon. The number to call is 1-866-831-1724.

  The Chatbot feature on the dew.sc.gov website continues to improve thanks to your input. If you have FAQ type questions about the UI process, federal funds provided
through the CARES Act, employer filing, etc., we ask you to try the Chatbot before calling to avoid the wait.

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