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Did your employer pay unemployment taxes ("Covered Employment")?

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Did you earn at least $ 4455 in the base period in

Base period is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters. If you are filing today, base period is Apr 2013 - Jun 2013 to Jan 2014 - Mar 2014

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Did you quit your last job due to unsafe working conditions, not being paid, discrimination and / or health and safety risks?

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Were you fired for no fault of your own?

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CALL: 803.737.2400; Employment Service, Columbia Area: 803.737.5627 (JOBS); Employment Service, Lexington Area: 803.359.6131; Columbia Unemployment Office: 803.737.5627

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State Name: South Carolina

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Disclaimer: The estimates are given in good faith and accuracy is not guaranteed. We are not liable for loss or damage caused by the tools on our website.

    State: South Carolina (SC)
    Phone Number: 803.737.2400; Employment Service, Columbia Area: 803.737.5627 (JOBS); Employment Service, Lexington Area: 803.359.6131; Columbia Unemployment Office: 803.737.5627
    File Online: http://www.sces.org/
    Major Towns: Columbia, Charleston, North Charleston, Rock Hill, Mount Pleasant, Greenville, Summerville, Spartanburg, Sumter, and Goose Creek

    Current Unemploymnet Rate in South Carolina

    South Carolina Unemployment Questions


    What is a Base Period?
    The first four quarters of the last five completed calendar quarters establishes your base period. The effective date of your claim controls your base period—not the date you become unemployed. For instance, if your claim goes into effect during January, February, or March, then your base period is the first three quarters in the last year plus the last quarter of the previous year. Even if your claim takes effect March 31, the quarter’s last day, your base period consists of the first three quarters in last year plus the previous year’s last quarter.

    What is the Waiting Period in SC?
    When determined eligible for benefits, you must wait one week. During this week (the waiting period)you must be completely or partially unemployed, and you must all legal eligibility requirements. You will not receive benefits during the one-week waiting period.

    SC Unemployment Fraud Claims Warning
    Knowingly providing false information subjects you to legal action. Fines ranging from $20 to $100 and imprisonment up to 30 days that could be your fate. Each false statement or misrepresentation of the truth is considered a separate offense. As well, if the DEW finds you guilty of fraud, you’ll be ineligible to receive benefits for anywhere from 10 to 52 weeks. Always report all gross wages earned and keep accurate records. We check and compare all wages employers report to your benefits. We can collect overpayments from your tax refund through the SC Department of Revenue. We also add a $10 fee to collection efforts.

    How does severance pay affect my benefits?
    Your severance pay doesn’t affect your ability to file an unemployment claim. Nor is severance pay deducted from your weekly unemployment benefits.

    Can I earn money while receiving benefits?
    You can, but you must report all earnings. You may earn up to 1/4 your weekly benefit with no deduction in your unemployment check. You must report earnings during the week you work not when paid.

    Do I have to pay taxes on unemployment benefits?
    Yes. Taxes are withheld at the 10 percent federal rate and 7 percent state rate. When you file a claim for unemployment, you can elect to withhold taxes. At year-end, you’ll receive your 1099-G tax statement as will the IRS. Be sure to give us your new address if you move. Note: The IRS created a new electronic tax center on its website, IRS.gov for people whose income has deceased and are struggling financially.

    What is South Carolina's taxable wage base per person?
    Effective January 1, 2011, the taxable wage base for South Carolina is $10,000. Wages earned by each employee in excess of $10,000 are not taxable. The taxable wage base increases to $12,000 in 2012 and $14,000 in 2015.

    When are quarterly Contribution and Wage Reports due?
    Beginning January 1, 2011 South Carolina will use a traditional base period or an alternate base period to determine if an individual monetarily qualifies for unemployment insurance benefits. Because of the addition of an alternate base period, employers are requested to file their quarterly contribution and wage reports within 15 days after the quarter ends. The shorter reporting time is expected to reduce additional contacts to the employer from SCDEW’s staff, reduce paperwork and clerical costs for the employer, and expedite the claims filing process. This is currently a request as it requires legislative approval. The legal filing date continues to be the last day of the month following the end of a quarter.



Questions & Answers

  1. Connie says:

    I have a seasonal job, March-Sept. Can I draw unemployment the other 5 months?

  2. Gene Holdway says:

    My position of over 14 years was eliminated on May 23rd. Thus, I was forced into early retirement. I do not want to fully retire and am able to work. I will be filing for unemployment as I will need income. My questions are:
    - Do I have to accept any job that is offered – real question is do I have to accept full time jobs at substantially less than my previous job?
    - If I go to work part-time during the interim, does that count against my benefit?

    Thank you for your help1

    • Adrian says:

      1) You have to accept any suitable job offer that come your way.

      2) You can work part time,your benefit will be reduced.

  3. Craig says:

    Due to medical conditions I am not fit to continue with the career that I have been doing for the past sixteen years. I have been advised by doctors and specialists that my condition will continually progress. Am I eligible for benefits while I am seeking another career path; since I will have to leave the company I am currently working for?

    • Adrian says:

      Depends. UI is extended to those who are able and available to work.

      If you quit your current job and decide to look for one that suits your health condition,please consider applying for benefits

  4. Herman Miller says:

    I worked for Safe-Ports Inc. for the past 3 1/2 years. I was working on a project in Afghanistan. Safe-Ports is based in South Carolina and I they did pay unemployment benefits. am currently in the Philippines. I am trying to apply on line for my benefits. I am unable to access the server from here. What do I need to do to be able to sign up for unemployment? I am a naturalized American Citizen born in the U.S. How can I access the benefits portal to register from here?

    • Adrian says:

      Some of the state Labor websites are accessible only from a server in the US which means that if you’re outside,you will not be able to log on.

      You can perhaps ask a family member or a friend residing in the US to file on behalf on your behalf.

  5. herry says:

    I received a 1099G but I received no unemployment. What do I do with this?

    • Adrian says:

      1099G is a document providing details of unemployment compensation disbursed for taxation.Please call up the claims center immediately if you’ve not received the mentioned amount.

  6. sherry pitts says:

    My employer has paid me No Wages for almost 2years

  7. Robert J Howard says:

    Why am I only entitled to 20 weeks unemployment?

    The maximum is 57 weeks

  8. Kaqthryn Maday says:

    I work as a Reservist for FEMA. I must be on call at all times. I worked Jan/ Feb and then again Sept/ Oct. Am I eligible for UI when not working. I can not seek a job because of the new rule of being on call.

  9. Kanetra says:

    If you worked out of the country on a federal contract job, can you file for umemployment?

  10. Marcia Young says:

    I work a seasonal job in s.c. where I work 5 months of the year and draw unemployment the remainder. This year i am being told I must exhaust the federal EUC benefits from the prior year before I can receive regular employment benefits. It has been 3 weeks and I still have not received any payment. I have spoken with DEW CSR several times and still cannot get resolve. The benefits from the prior year are over $100.00 less a week than I should be receiving. Help. Is this correct?

  11. Dee Lowe says:

    20 yr old grandson quit work yesterday because owner shoved him and called him “a piece of sh$$”. The owner was very drunk. There were witnesses. Grandson had worked there for 6 1/2 months. Is there anything my grandson can do? Is he eligible for unemployment?

    • Baggie says:

      Hi Dee,

      It is important to have worked under covered employment and earned sufficient wages in the base period to receive unemployment compensation. Your grandson may be eligible for the compensation if he fulfills all the requirements.

  12. David Bomarsi says:

    I have been working in SC since January 2013. I lost my job – laid off – and do not have any other income from 2 years past as I am awaiting a disability hearing and was healing from back surgery. Am I eligible for unemployment benefits?

  13. Sandy says:

    This is obsurd! My husband has filed for unempliynent been approved he has received one check still waiting on two checks the bad thing is no one picks up phone or when we leave message no one calls back . Left email no response .
    When we went to office they said matter resolved . But yet no money deposited .
    Is there a another contact. Besides charleston office . I need money and know one is helping
    We qualified for unemployment. Please some one help with this matter
    Thank you

  14. Janine Gieck says:

    I work for a retirement planner and we are trying to help a client who has recently lost her job. Can you please explain how drawing retirement payments can affect her unemployment payments?

  15. Carl Brent Davis says:

    Signing up for unemployment.Do I use same things I used last time?

  16. Tykia says:

    Can you qualify for unemployment if you do a no call no show?

  17. Karan Baker says:

    Was working as contract RN @ Village Hospital Greer SC since Feb 4, 2013. Contract was terminated because did not feel I was learning job quick enough. Am 61 yr old & do have vision & other health issues. I have no income & need help. Can not pay rent this month, can not pay utilities this month, need prescription medications, & have no food. Please help me! I am about to become homeless. Have always worked & never received assistance. HELP ME PLEASE!

  18. keith pruitt says:

    If my company shuts down for two consecutive weeks am i able to receive unemployment benefits for these two weeks.thanks….keith

  19. stephane says:

    when are benefits put on money card

  20. Noel johnson says:

    I was fired today because corporate forced my boss today I had worked at Harris teeter for the last 20 years

  21. rashmi says:

    If in case you were eligible and obtaining the unemployment benefit then you will be able to get the benefit in the relocated state also…

    As a basic criteria to get the unemployment benefit you should not have been left your earlier job without good cause… if not you will not be eligible…

  22. rich paruske says:

    If I move from another state to relocate in South Carolina, Can I collect unemploymet? I would leave my job now on my own.

  23. [...] per the data released by the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce, the unemployment rate of South Carolina has edged down from 12.2 percent to 11.6 percent. Currently, it is the sixth highest in the nation [...]

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