South Carolina Unemployment Benefit Questions
I went to work during my claim week but will not get paid for two weeks. Do I have to report earnings during the claim week and if yes, how do I report them?
YES. Earnings must be reported for any days worked during the claim week even if you have not received your pay. To figure your earnings, multiply the number of hours you worked from the day you started work until the Saturday of the claim week you are filing for by your hourly rate of pay.
If I work and earn less than my weekly benefit amount, do I have to report these earnings?
YES. All earnings must be reported regardless of the amount. However, only earnings greater than one-fourth your weekly benefit amount will be deducted from your benefit check.
How to file Interstate Benefits?
If you live outside of South Carolina and were separated from work with a South Carolina employer, you must file an out-of-state claim, commonly referred to as an Interstate claim, for unemployment benefits.
(DEW) only accepts new, additional, and reopened Interstate claims online via the MyBenefits portal.
If you need technical assistance filing your online Interstate claim, the Online Filing Assistance Line is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST. This line can be reached by dialing 1.800.529.8339.
After you file an Interstate claim, you will receive a packet in the mail that contains various forms and important information. You will also receive the name and contact information for your claim representative. You are assigned a claim representative based on the last four digits of your Social Security number.
I might start drawing a pension from a former employer. Will that make a difference in my unemployment check?
It could make a difference in your check. As soon as you apply for any pension, report to your local office for assistance.