Self-Service Resources when Applying for Unemployment Benefits


Applying for unemployment benefits can be a confusing process during an already stressful time. The SC Department of Employment and Workforce wants to make the process as simple as possible.

That’s why there are newly-created user guides that take you through the online filing process including how to:

Feel free to print these guides, pick up copies from a service location near you or access them anytime online.


We also created a step-by-step video tutorial that explains the process in even more detail. Check that out here.

Not sure what wages to report weekly? There’s a video for that too!

You can apply for and manage unemployment benefits anytime, anywhere online through the MyBenefits portal. If you need internet access, check out a service location near you for free computer usage.

If you need further assistance or experience technical difficulties, speak to a service representative weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1.866.831.1724, option 4, then option 1 .

Important Information for Claimants: Federal and State Benefits Update

Due to the ongoing budget negotiations in Congress, if you are currently receiving unemployment benefits through the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program, you should be aware that Congress may not extend the EUC program.

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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 .

First-time Unemployment Claims Drop in State and Nation

Initial applications for jobless benefits dropped in both South Carolina and throughout the nation last week, according to data released today by the Department of Labor.

Nationwide, seasonally adjusted first-time claims for state Unemployment Insurance benefits decreased by 4,000 to 364,000 from the week before. This represented the lowest level since April 2008.

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Unemployment Insurance Claimants to see no fee change to debit card

The state’s unemployment insurance claimants will not be affected by Bank of America’s recent announcement of a $5 fee for debit card users. This recent announcement does not apply to the SC Department of Employment and Workforce’s (DEW) debit card program.

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