South Carolina Unemployment

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August 2012 Update: South Carolina has just implemented a new policy that requires anyone getting unemployment benefits to do at leas one weekly job search on the state job website: . You can read more about this just announced rule here.

Filing a South Carolina state unemployment claim:

Anyone needing to file for unemployment in South Carolina should apply right away after losing their job because your benefits will only start once you do so. If you wait to file you will not get paid for those days you missed and only for the days after you submit your claim. Filing an unemployment claim with South Carolina is a 3 step process:
  • Step 1) You should file online by going to the Department of Employment and Workforce website.
  • Step 2) You must also register for work with SC Works and if you fail to do that, you won’t get paid unemployment.
  • Step 3) You must file a weekly claim to get your benefits and stay eligible. Learn more about that here.

These things are needed to file your claim

Filing a South Carolina unemployment claim requires you have the following information:
  • Your SSN (Social Security) number
  • Your driver’s license number or a state ID number
  • Names and addresses of all your employers in the last 18 months. You should also have the dates you were employed at each job and what your wages were
  • Anyone who wants to get paid by direct deposit must have your bank’s account number and routing transit number

What to do if you get turned down for benefits

Please understand that you will NOT automatically get accepted for unemployment benefits. You can be denied for many reasons but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a second chance. For complete information on how to appeal a South Carolina state unemployment claim that is denied please go here.

South Carolina unemployment extensions:

2011 Update – A new bill has been signed that will reduce the number of weeks you can get state unemployment from 26 to 20 weeks in 2012.


South Carolina State Unemployment Insurance
Unemployment Offices
Frequently Asked Questions
Information On How To File An Appeal
Job / Career Information

3 Responses to “South Carolina Unemployment”

  1. lisa m. cauthen says:

    tried to call in sunday for benefits…..said i had 1600 dollars left but will not release it at this time. went to unemployment last week and completed paperwork. what else needs to be done?

    • supervisor says:

      Just keep on top of it by calling and asking. Find out specifically what you have to do to get those benefits released.

  2. Rickey Gaines says:

    i recieved a phone saying that they were call me at home at 6pm to discuss my case is this something new or something else.

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