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A Guide To The Extended Unemployment Benefits In South Carolina

Updated : September 10th, 2020

Like any other state, the unemployment rate in South Carolina (SC) skyrocketed due to the Coronavirus-induced economic shutdown. To help the unemployed meet their financial needs during the crisis, the Department of Employment and Workforce has announced an extension of unemployment benefits. So, who qualifies for the extended unemployment benefits in SC? 

Here, we will guide you on eligibility requirements for Extended Benefits (EB). But before that, let us learn more about the EB. 

More About Extended Unemployment Benefits In SC

On Wednesday, 22 July, the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW) announced that the state would offer an additional 6 weeks of unemployment benefits to the qualified. This extension is the addition to the 10 weeks of extended benefits that were announced in early July. This means that South Carolinians can receive benefits for an additional 16 weeks. 

State law allows for the second time extension to the Unemployment Insurance (UI) program because South Carolina’s unemployment rate has exceeded the threshold level, i.e., 8% for the past 3 months. However, the additional 6 weeks would be the last and final extension provided under the state law. 

Who Qualifies For EB In South Carolina?

South Carolinians who have exhausted their traditional unemployment benefits year ended on 14 June can receive extended unemployment benefits. To qualify for EB, you must meet several requirements. Some of them are listed below. 

  • Exhausted all benefits received through regular unemployment program under state law
  • Exhausted benefits received through the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program
  • Have no rights to traditional unemployment benefits under any UI law of another other state or Canada
  • Meet base period wages and work requirements under the regular unemployment benefits: (1) wages is 40 times higher than the most recent weekly unemployment benefit amount; or (2) total earnings in your base period is greater or equal to 1.5 times the highest quarter: or (3) 20 weeks of full-time covered job

How Much Benefits Will You Receive Under The Extended Benefits Program?

The weekly benefit amount under the Extended Benefits program is the same as you receive through the traditional Unemployment Insurance or the PEUC program.

Note – The claimants who qualify for regular and extended unemployment benefits programs will no longer receive $600 benefits under the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program, as it has come to an end on 25 July. 

How To Apply For Extended Unemployment Benefits In SC? 

You can apply for extended unemployment benefits in South Carolina by visiting the MyBenefits portal and clicking on the Customer Menu option. 

Note that the page will display only the “Apply for Extended Benefits” option if you have already exhausted 20 weeks of your regular benefits and 13 additional weeks of PEUC program. 

But if you have recently lost a job or aren’t currently collecting the regular benefits, you cannot apply for Extended Benefits but must first file for regular unemployment benefits. However, before filing a claim, it is wiser to check if you qualify for benefits to avoid any claim denial. 

Eligibility Criteria For Regular Unemployment Benefits 

The state provides regular unemployment benefits if you have lost your job through no fault of your own. Some of the other eligibility requirements include:

  1. Are able, available and actively looking for a job
  2. Have earned a minimum of $1,092 during the highest quarter in your base period
  3. Total wages in base period are equal to or greater than 1.5 times the wages in the highest quarter 
  4. Total earnings in the base period are minimum $4,455 

Note – Although work search requirements are mandatory, the state has currently suspended weekly job searches throughout the State of Emergency, declared by the Governor of the state.  

Where To File For Regular Unemployment Benefits In South Carolina?

You can apply for regular unemployment benefits through the MyBenefits Portal. To apply for benefits:

Step 1 – Register by completing the required documentation. If you have already registered, enter the username and password, and log in to your account. 

Step 2 – Enter the necessary details and file a claim. 

Details Required While Filing A Claim

While applying for UI benefits, you will be required to enter several details. Some of them include:

1. Reason for separation from the employer 

2. Social Security number

3. Alien registration number and documentation if you are not an American citizen

4. DD-214 Form (Member 4 copy) if you have offered services in the military in the past 18 months 

5. Employment history for the past 18 months. This includes:

  • Employers’ names
  • Employers’ phone numbers
  • Employers’ addresses
  • Salary from each employer
  • SF-50 or SF-8 Form if you were a federal civilian employee

    Once you have filed a claim, DEW will determine if you are eligible for benefits. Within a week after applying, the authorities will send a notice of Monetary Determination through the mail. The letter includes details regarding potential maximum and weekly benefits. 

    DEW may sometimes ask you to submit some information to determine your eligibility. The information can be submitted through fax or mail. 

    Note that you will receive a final eligibility decision within 21 days following the Monetary Determination. However, if you don’t receive the eligibility decision, you can check your application’s status through the MyBenefits Portal.  

    Note- 

    (1) If you don’t have the required documents, log off, gather the documents, and log in again. You will see “Resume My UI Link.” The link will take you through each page that you have completed. All you need to do is click “next” until you reach the page which you had stopped filing.  

    (2) You must certify each week so that the Department of Employment and Workforce knows you are still unemployed, failing to which you won’t receive the payments.

    (3) You cannot claim a week’s benefit until the week has been completed.  

    (4) When applying, you will be asked to choose the payment method, i.e., debit card or direct deposit. For more information, visit the payment page. 

    Final Words

    The state is implementing all possible measures to help the unemployed South Carolinas. While extended unemployment benefits help you meet your needs, for the time being, DEW’s employment resources and opportunities can help you find a job. To know more about it, visit the DEW website. 

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    1. So I have been getting ue for 6 months and on Oct 21 I had a fact finding issue found and cleared after taking a month, I got put on hold I got nothing no benefits nothing because I am on hold until cleared up and it was another month later in my favor, I’ve been without payment since Oct 21 since then I have been on HOLD, I am beyond pissed, I call every Fri I see the letter I received saying its in my favor that says I am Monetary Eligible-yet I still have 6 payments on hold. I call DEO and I talk, I beg and I get told “we are working on it”, the letter is in my favor I am poor not rich I am poor Why how do you people get away with this

    2. Hello

      I’m 59 years old and was laid off in March 2020 due to Covid.
      In June 2020 I was advised my job was eliminated and there is no chance of me
      Being brought back. I’m collecting UI since March.

      Pondering the thought of taking my early retirement pension as I can’t survive on
      UI any longer. My pension is of course reduced due to my age. Full pension is age 62.

      If I apply for early reduced pension in this situation, does my UI benefit get decreased? I’m in New York.
      I’m still looking for full time work. No luck.

      Thank you so much
      Lorraine

    3. i was just layed off from my job, i did collect benefits in pa. my job is seasonal igot unemployment payments in jan. to april i had 26 weeks of unemployment , but only used about 13 weeks, and was called back to work. i received 2 weeks of 600 dollars of stimlus money. my question is now that i reopened my 2020 claim . i,m i still elegibe for any more stimlus payments along with my regular unemployment payments.

    4. I am 65 yrs old in California and being layed off in Dec 2020. If I apply for unemployment benefits and collect a company pension, will the pension reduce the unemployment benefits ? If you answer call unemployment what is the department or do you have a phone number for a help line. I have called and get automated questions that do not apply to my situation.
      Cannot get to a live person.

    5. Several years ago I was part of a reduction in force and was early-retired for pension purposes. I count on this small pension ($2K/mo) to supplement my employment which has been inconsistent this past two years. I am filing for UI in IL and I qualify for it, but they are saying my pension reduces my UI benefit to zero. Is that right?

      1. Mike,

        That is partially right. The pension will have an impact on UI benefits. Please check for relevant info on the Unemployment Office’s website.

    6. I have $219.00 left on my UE and still no work due to covid-19 will i be able to get a extension on my UE and will it cover the last two weeks. I request payment tomorrow.

        1. My benefits have expired, still.unemployed due to over 65, wdiebrtes, high blood pressure and have one kidney, Can I get PUA , Cares Act for any assistance

    7. im working at a place i have been layed off from a lot in my career.i got 30 yrs in there so i can retire now but need another job to make it hoping to stay working and get more hours.If i take a new job and get layed off there I will BE DRAWING 1400 A MONTH FROM THE JOB I WORKED 30 YRS would i be able to draw unemployment if the new job lays me off and would it be reduced because of my retirement money of 1400 month.

    8. My bf was laid off in April he got the the 600 to start with now he is only getting the unemployment and no extra when we hear ppl getting 3 checks totaling 40k that might be lies but still that is bullshit.

    9. I Sharon Bland or Sharon Scott or Sharon Ann Mccraw
      Use my phone to claim two of my boyfriends and my own benefits. Is that ok ?

    10. I’m getting pua on employment and it was supposed to be backdated to May 27th when I wasn’t ableable to start my new job and somehow it’s August 24th they said it would be backdated been sending messages and pua people keep saying they have emailed you guys too but nobody gets back to me who do I need to contact about this thank you

    11. I check my checking account balance every week but I cannot tell if I am getting my 300.00 extra unemployment. Also. How can I tell if I got my back time unemployment .

      1. Thelma,

        I did not understand what you meant. Please reach out to the Unemployment Office for precise answers to all your questions.

    12. I have exhausted my UI and all extensions. Not eligible for Fed Ed. Does EDD open a PUA claim for me. Or do I have to aoole for it. Its been past 30 days since receiving my Fed Ed denial letter.

    13. i have been unemployed for the whole year almost and since i have been trying to distance myself to better my all around health, it took me this long to file for benefits, i was hoping to get back pay all the way to the beginning.

      1. Zach,

        To qualify, the claimant is required to have sufficient earnings/employment during the “Base Period”. Please use the “Benefits Calculator” available on this website for more.

    14. Thank you o much for investigating this. When I received an overpayment statement and my benefits where stopped I felt my heart drop to my stomach. Already being evicted by a slumlord and now no income, i had to start working when i feel very at risk for getting the virus because of pre-existing conditions and the reason for filing in the first place. i am a cosmetologist and considered non-essential. I feel utterley hopeless and helpless in this situation.

    15. I cannot contact anyone in the unemployment offices because the phone hangs up on me in all cases after listening over and over the recorded message. I have called three numbers .

      I have received pandemic unemployment since March 31st. There was a pending adjudication but I never received any questions, letters nor emails about it and I was approved and paid. Now…this is what the website says:
      7 of 7 entries
      Issue Identification Number Employer Name Issue Type Status Date Mailed Level
      0002 7693 59-01
      PUA Pending 11/16/2020 Adjudication
      0002 4773 71-01
      Program Integrity Mailed 11/6/2020 Adjudicati
      Claimant Inbox
      Select the Search button to display your action items. To narrow your search, input issue date range below and select the Search button.
      Issue Date: From: To: 11/6/2020 to 11/16/2020
      Inbox
      • Below are the items that require your attention and that you need to take action on for your claim.
      • Select the Document ID
      I need this money to survive as others do while I am trying to re-establish any contract freelance work I am capable of doing….I report my small jobs as I get them but they do not come close to equaling my unemployment as of yet. Please tell me where I can go to find out what is needed here.

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