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South Carolina Unemployment Phone Numbers

Sometimes you just have to talk to a live person to get answers to your questions concerning unemployment claims. In that case, you can call the DEW’s BPC Division at (803) 737-2400.

Be prepared for long wait times because lots of people try to call the staffs. Remain patient and you will get through to someone who can help you. Even though it is frustrating to wait so long, you are advised to be courteous to the person you get connected to and you will get a lot more help than if you are terse and rude.

Some of the other Important Numbers are:

  • ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act) Assistance, Columbia Area – 803.737.0391
  • ADA Assistance, Toll free -  800.436.8190
  • Public Information & Media Services – 803.737.2623

Visit SC Works for a comprehensive list of statewide offices.

Questions & Answers

  1. donald collins says:

    i am already in the systemand have a sc debit card. I work for durham transportation and have received only one check since school let out. what do I do to continue my checks?

    • Adrian says:

      Please call the customer service of the labor dept in your state for an update.

      Do not post personal information like the S.S number. Your question was edited to exclude the number before making it visible on the forum.

  2. Robert Potter says:

    I have just filed for unemployment for the first time ever and I have not spoken to a single person yet. I have one simple question and still can’t get ahold of any one to ask. The phones are either busy for 4 hours this morning or the recording hangs up on me. Is it too much to ask for just a little help??

  3. Ricky Hiott says:

    Due to the volume of business at the restaurant I work at is slow in December and January how do I apply for seasonal umemployment. I will
    resume my job in February of 2014.

  4. David says:

    The web site state it will take 6 to 8 weeks prior to getting a unemployment check. Is this correct?

    • kathy says:

      Websites are not always up to date – but if that’s the information provided I guess it could be true. It seems to me the longest delays are at the beginning of a claim – the first check. Once a claim is established, benefits can be (and usually are) processed quickly.

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