Nearly 25,000 people made initial claims about being jobless from
Of those claims, 2,166 were issued in
The 24,950 unemployment claims is actually a reduction in the number of cases filed from the previous week, DEW said in a news release.
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In spite of that downward trend, in the past nine weeks 540,545 initial unemployment claims have been filed in
"While we see another downward-trending week, the number of people filing initial claims in
In that time, the agency reports paying more than
The FPUC program, funded by the federal CARES Act, gives
On Wednesday, DEW announced the launch of a third program of the CARES Act to provide financial assistance. The Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation provides 13 additional weeks of state unemployment insurance benefits after the 20 weeks provided by
"I think we can all agree that the ideal scenario would be for South Carolinians to have a viable work opportunity, have the personal resources such as child care, health and safety needed to support that opportunity, and be able to accept the work in order to re-establish the stability of their employment income," Ellzey said. "In many cases this will be true. However, as employers and workers adapt to changes and challenges presented with COVID-19, there will be some individuals who will need this extension of benefits until they are ready to rejoin the workforce."
DEW's call center for unemployment claims fields an average of 80,000 calls per week, according to the release. The call center's number is 866-831-1724, and it's open from
"If you are in a position where you know that your layoff was permanent and you need help finding your next job opportunity, please know that our staff and the employees of the SC Works centers throughout the state are here to help," Ellzey said.
The state labor agency said it is handling an unprecedented number of new claims. It's a historic unemployment crisis that is expected to drain the state's unemployment trust fund and require
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