New online work search requirement can affect your benefit payments

You must now conduct at least one of your four weekly job searches through SC Works Online Services.

If you do not use SC Works Online Services for at least one of your weekly job searches, you will not receive payment.

This new policy does not apply to interstate claimants. If you live in another state, you must register for work in that state and follow the work search requirements there.

It is important that you log on to SC Works Online Services with the user id and password you received when you registered for work in order for your online job search to be counted in our system.

If you do not have a username and password, you can get both for free by clicking on the “Not registered?” link on the SC Works Online Services page.

If you forget or lose your username and password, you can reset them by clicking on the “Forgot username/password?” link.

Your work searches and accompanying documentation are subject to random audits and verification by DEW. If you do not adhere to the work search policy, you will lose benefit payments.

Follow these easy steps for conducting your online work search:
1. Visit SC Works Online Services at
2. On the right side of the screen, sign in with your username and password. (Note this is different from your information used to access the MyBenefits portal).
3. Click “job search” on the menu on the left side of the screen. Fill in your zip code and any keywords under “search criteria.”
4. Browse the list of openings that meet your search criteria. When you find a listing that matches your qualifications, click apply and follow the instructions.

If you need further help with SC Works Online Services, visit the tutorial page here.
You may also email your questions to or call 803.737.2400 and select Option 1.

Remember, one of your four weekly job searches must be recorded in SC Works Online Services every week you file a claim, or your benefits will be stopped.