South Carolina Unemployment Benefits and Eligibility

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Unemployment benefits, also referred to as unemployment insurance (UI), are in place to make up lost wages for individuals who have be separated from work by no fault of their own. Each state runs its own unemployment benefit program, which means services and benefits vary slightly from state to state. Regardless of the state program you participate in, benefits are not based on need, meaning anyone can receive UI payment should they find themselves out of the job and eligible for the unemployment program in their state.

How Unemployment Works in South Carolina

State of South Carolina unemployment benefits are administered by the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW) and paid for through employer taxes. In addition to paying out South Carolina unemployment benefits, the South Carolina unemployment department collects unemployment taxes, helps people find jobs, connects businesses with qualified candidates to hire, shares labor market information, such as the South Carolina unemployment rate and other employment data, and assists with upholding of South Carolina unemployment laws.

How to Get Unemployment in South Carolina

  1. Have lost your job through no fault of your own.
    South Carolina unemployment benefits are only paid to individuals who lose their job for a reason they cannot control, such as a lay off or company closure. Individuals who are fired for misconduct or quit their job voluntarily are not often eligible for benefits. If you are unsure whether or not the reason you separated from work qualifies you to receive South Carolina unemployment compensation, you should file a claim to clarify whether or not you are eligible for benefits.

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