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South Carolina unemployment rate edges down to 11.6%

Updated : September 29th, 2020

As 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 in terms of unemployment. This happened in spite of the labor force shrinking by 6,200 positions in April.

However, the unemployment rate of the state remains higher than that of the nation, which stands at 9.9 percent. The underemployment rate of South Carolina , that includes the unemployed who have given up searching of jobs, was 19.7 percent.

There has been seasonal growth due to the tourism industry, the government jobs were up by 6,000.

“We are encouraged by this positive news and remain focused on putting South Carolinians back to work,” said John Finan, executive director of the SC Department of Employment and Workforce. The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce is the replacement for the South Carolina Security Employment Commission which was basically dissolved after poor performance that resulted in a large amount public criticism.

The construction sector continues to be the biggest loser by losing 2,800 jobs in April. The main provider of jobs in April has been hospitality business that added 8,800 jobs.

For more details on the unemployment claims of the state, you can refer to the unemployment benefits guide of South Carolina.

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  1. I lived in ga in 2019 and move to florida in 2020 and work for the xmas months in nov-dec. I was told to do a combine wage claim. my question is which state do i file the claim in?

  2. I filed for pua in Ohio back in October 2020.My claim has been in ajudacatuon since 11/1/20.So 2 to 6 weeks is a total understatement! When I call.i am told to basically hurry up and wait some more.I have recently been redetermined and my claim is allowed.but I have one pending issue.How long is too long?

    1. Nicole,

      Unfortunately, nobody has an answer. There are perhaps thousands of pending applications. Please consider the option of visiting an office in the vicinity if safe and feasible.

  3. If you claim your weeks for unemployment and for the next 2 months you still have not received your money. Where can you go in volusia county to talk with a live person

  4. On NYS DOL website, my claim is saying current yet the information is for my old claim with 0 days remaining despite receiving 2 weeks of payments on the new claim and I was able to certify last night. I haven’t received anything; no letters or emails.

  5. I was disqualified for UI benefits for not providing an ID and other forms of identification. How do I fix this?

    1. Hi Mike, I’m in NYS and was at the end of my BYE on 3/14, I was still certifying but wasn’t getting paid. I found out I had to file a new claim because my other was exhausted. I’m still waiting on approval. Maybe you have to file a new claim. I hope this helps.

  6. They say 2-6 weeks it’s more accurate to say 2-6 months; and when you call many of them are rude and unwilling to assist!

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    1. Annette,

      Please report it to the Fraud Division of the Unemployment Office in your state. You can report on the website.

  8. I worked part time for thee years here in florida. I’m currently not working. I’m also retired and collects social security.
    My question is
    Am I qualified to file for unemployment ?

    1. Ruby,

      To be eligible, you’re required to have sufficient hours and earnings. Please use the “Benefits Calculator” available on this website.

  9. So adjudication takes 8 to 12 weeks. Oh okay, that explains why I havent received payment since July. That surely helps just like the rest of the information that you give. And by the way. What’s the NEW reason you can’t get through to the Call Center.

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