Weekly Benefit Amount

A weekly benefit amount is the amount of money you are paid each week that you are found eligible to receive unemployment benefits.

Wages* you earned during one year of insured work, also known as the base period, determine your weekly benefit amount. Generally, wages earned from construction, factory work, mills, shops, stores, offices, banks, mines and other businesses employing one or more people count. South Carolina law does not cover certain farm labor, certain domestic services in private homes and several other employment types.

Please note, you are responsible for paying income taxes on all unemployment benefits received. DEW does not automatically withhold federal and state taxes from your weekly payment. Learn more about taxes here.

Can I earn wages while receiving unemployment benefits?

*  Only wages earned from an employer covered by the South Carolina Code of Laws, Title 41 count as base-period wages.


Read more about the monetary requirements for receiving unemployment benefits here.

Need to make estimated tax payments? See IRS Publication 505, Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax or see Form 1040-ES.

Need more information? Visit the IRS website.

Unsure of what earnings to report weekly? Check out the Earnings Worksheet or the Reporting Your Wages video tutorial.

To learn more about UI Fraud, click here.


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