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.