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South Carolina Unemployment Benefit Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility_RequirementsUnemployment Insurance (UI)
Unemployment Insurance is a nationwide program created to financially help eligible workers, who are unemployed through no fault of their own, while they actively search for new work.
 
South Carolina Benefit Eligibility Requirements
To determine if you are eligible to receive South Carolina unemployment benefits, you must file an initial claim with DEW. Filing a claim is the only way for eligibility to be determined. The department will review your claim and determine if you meet the requirements to receive benefits.
 
South Carolina Unemployment Benefit Monetary Requirements

To be monetarily eligible for Unemployment Insurance benefits, you must:

  1. Have at least $1,092 in covered employment (with an employer who paid UI taxes) during the base period’s highest quarter.
  2. Have earned at least $4,455 from covered employment during the base period.
  3. Have total base period wages that equal or exceed 1.5 times the high quarter wages’ total.

The base period is defined as wages earned doing one year of insured work. Base-period wages typically establish monetary eligibility for Unemployment Insurance benefits. read more

Unemployment Insurance (UI)
Unemployment Insurance is a nationwide program created to financially help eligible workers, who are unemployed through no fault of their own, while they actively search for new work.
 
Employers finance the Unemployment Insurance program
Employers finance the UI program through tax contributions and in South Carolina, the Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW) administers the UI program according to guidelines established by the South Carolina Code of Laws.
 
Maximum Unemployment insurance Benefit Weeks
In South Carolina, the maximum potential to receive state benefits is 20 weeks. If a claimant is still eligible for UI after exhausting state benefits, an extension may be filed through the federally-funded Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program.
 
SC Unemployment Insurance Benefit Are Taxable
When filing your income taxes you must include all unemployment benefits received in your total income from the year.




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Tips to help you when visiting your local Unemployment Office:

  • Show Up Early: Your local unemployment office can sometimes be crowded. You must understand that there are a lot of people currently looking for work. So you will find a lot of people filing for benefits.
  • Be prepared to wait: With lots of people at your local unemployment office, if you are late you will have to wait. The best way to avoid the long lines is to get to the office early.
  • Be prepared with your Documents: If you are applying for unemployment benefits be sure to take with you all necessary information such as a job release letter, date of last employment and name of the company.
  • Have a Cool Head: With lots of people at your local unemployment office waiting to be seen it’s easy to get frustrated and loose you cool. Remember that counselors are there to assist you. Keeping a cool head and being courteous will help speed the process along.

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