The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce issued the following media release Thursday.
Initial Claims: For claim week ending May 16, 2020, the number of South Carolinians who filed their initial claim for unemployment insurance benefits is 29,446, a decrease of 3,067 initial claims from the week prior. This means that there were 29,446 individuals, who both live and work in the state of South Carolina, filed an initial claim during the claim week, May 10, 2020 – May 16, 2020.
“We are prepared to help both employers and claimants navigate the unemployment system during and as they transition back to work. These are trying times and it will take an all handson-deck approach from every single resident to reboot our state’s economy.”
From March 15, 2020 to May 19, 2020, the agency has paid more than $1.35 billion in a combination of state UI benefits, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (for the selfemployedand others) and the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation ($600 per week) program.
Our call center staff is consistently answering more than 80,000 phone calls each week. We will continue to operate this week on an 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. schedule Monday – Friday.Saturday’s hours will be 8 a.m. – Noon. The number to call is 1-866-831-1724.
The Chatbot feature on the dew.sc.gov website continues to improve thanks to your input. If you have FAQ type questions about the UI process, federal funds providedthrough the CARES Act, employer filing, etc., we ask you to try the Chatbot before calling to avoid the wait.
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