South Carolina

How to Apply and Receive South Carolina Unemployment Benefits

Being unemployed is a rather stressful period due to dealing with financial challenges and trying to find a new job at the same time. Fortunately, applying and receiving unemployment benefits has become a rather simple process especially in the state of South Carolina. With an informative and easy to navigate website, it couldn't be easier to apply for unemployment benefits in South Carolina.

To quickly fill out an application for unemployment, log onto the state's Department of Workforce and Employment (DEW) website at: Click on the "Claimants" tab which will open a page containing links to filing new claims, weekly claims, registering for employment, and answers to questions about unemployment benefits.

To file an initial South Carolina unemployment application online, choose the "Apply for Benefits/Register for Work" link. This will take you to a page with pertinent information about registering for work and the claims process in general. You can then file weekly claims using their MyBenefits system at after registering.

Ultimately, receiving unemployment benefits in South Carolina is based on a determination by the Department of Employment and Workforce. The department is open from the hours of 7:00 am to 6:00 pm Mondays through Fridays except on state holidays. Any South Carolina unemployment application or online claim must be submitted during those days and times.

You may also apply or inquire about receiving unemployment benefits in person at one of several state Workforce Centers with at least one in each county.

Residents of the state may also file weekly claims via telephone by calling 1-866-831-1724 between the hours of 4:00 am and midnight Monday through Friday. Non-residents should call 1-866-831-1725 during the same hours. Claims should be filed every week you are out of work and eligible to receive unemployment compensation.

When filing an application for unemployment in South Carolina via telephone you will need a touchtone phone, your Social Security number, and a four digit personal identification number (PIN) that you choose using their TelClaim system.

If your Social Security number ends with an even digit (0, 2, 4, 6, 8) you should apply for unemployment via telephone on Sundays. If the last digit is odd (1, 3, 5, 7, 9), you should file your weekly claim on Mondays.

After following the instructions entering all necessary details accurately, if you qualify to receive unemployment you will be contacted by a representative from the South Carolina DEW.

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