State Agencies Partner to Provide Employment and Training Services to Work-Eligible Program Participants

The SC Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW) and the SC Department of Social Services (DSS) today announced a partnership to ultimately improve the employability and overall quality of life for participants in the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

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President signs law to continue federal unemployment benefits

Federal unemployment benefits will be extended through the end of the year, but the number of weeks will be reduced in all states, according to a bill signed into law by President Obama this week.

If Congress had not passed this bill, all federal benefits would have run out at the end of February.

The legislation, which also extended the payroll tax holiday, continues federal unemployment benefits through Dec. 31, 2012.

The law impacts two federal unemployment programs—Extended Benefits (EB) and Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC).

Each state’s participation in the EB program is based on if its unemployment rate is higher than a certain level, known as a trigger rate. The EUC program includes four tiers, which will see reductions in weeks throughout the year.

The Department of Labor is currently analyzing the law and in the process of offering guidance to all states on how it specifically affects each one’s Unemployment Insurance program.

Updates will be posted on the SC Department of Employment and Workforce’s website at .

Agero to hold a job fair in Florence

Agero, a company that provides customer service for automotive roadside assistance programs, will host a job fair in Florence on Jan. 9-10.

The Massachusetts-based company is considering locating its new call center in Florence. Next week’s job fair will give Agero officials an opportunity to look at the potential workforce in the Pee Dee area.

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South Carolina’s Employment Situation

Unemployment rate drops; Employment bumps up

The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate experienced a significant drop, from a revised estimate of 10.9 percent in September to 10.5 percent in October.  Fewer job seekers during the month, coupled with stronger employment growth led to the first September to October decline in the rate in five years.

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South Carolina’s Employment Situation as of September 2011

Unemployment rate dips; Employment increases

The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped slightly from 11.1 percent in August to 11.0 percent in September. 

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