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.

If there is no extension, South Carolina will no longer offer those benefits after Dec. 31. These benefits are for people who exhausted their first 20 weeks of state-funded unemployment and were found eligible for the federal program, which was designed to assist the long-term jobless as a result of the Great Recession.

For most claimants the last date claims for EUC can be paid is the week ending Dec. 29, 2012, regardless of where you might fall in the four-tier system. However, continue to file your weekly claims so that if Congress extends the program, you may be eligible to receive benefits.

Also, continue to conduct the weekly online work search requirement through your SC Works Online Services account.

This situation does not affect state unemployment benefits, which are the first 20 weeks of benefits available. If you have just entered the unemployment program for the first time, you are filing for state and not federal benefits.

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