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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.  


    (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. I had trouble getting my proof of self-employment to upload in secure file exchange and finally got it submitted by 12:06 am , 6 minutes late. What are the possibilities that they will deny it? I have received unemployment from March 2020 to some of Jan and some in Feb 2021. Most of Dec, Jan, Feb, March, & april were stopped for this proof of employment.
      Also, I see proof of Income as a 2nd issue but it is always on there. That was not on my TO DO list.
      I feel for u all on ID.ME…

      Anyone trying to reach UI, call their number, press 2 or 3 (questions abt filing a claim?) and then wait thru the message. At the end of it, u will be connected to a live person! I promise.. don’t push another button.. I’ve done it 4 times and it never failed.

      We lost our home, my ex took my child…. (kept her after a visit and called cps facilitating drama while the cops wouldn’t give her back without paperwork locked up in the court house..shut down for covid) I raised her by myself for 12 years & now she is with a violent alcoholic and parental alienating parent .. ….my dog, my 9-year sweet little best friend, was attacked, passing away 3 days later.. all in this time frame.
      But! It will all be ok. I have faith.

      Be grateful for your life and all that is in it today. What u dwell on daily will be your strength or weakness.
      Good luck to all of u.
      And thank you, Jeff, for responding out here. It is appreciated!
      Davulia S.

    2. I filed over two months ago. I have not received any information. My status says “pending resolution”. I have no way of contacting anyone. My position was eliminated at my job and I submitted the documentations online. I dont know what else I can do.

    3. I have been apply Ohio Pua unemployment since July 5th still pending issues. Upload what they ask for when ever I call says your case is in Adjudication. Very very frustrated, financially I am broke. Health issues. Waiting a long period.Don’t know what I will do ?

      1. Nafisa,

        I can understand your situation. There will be a delay considering the number of applications that are being processed. Please continue chasing the office/check your status online at regular intervals until payments normalize.

      2. Same here since Feb 2021 turned in all the documents still pending issues 3 months now. When you call they tell you to be patient. Pulling my hair out it’s so frustrating.

    4. I was receiving PUA unemployment. they made me file for a new claim in February. Now I am in adjudication even though I gave all the same information from my previous claim. Have been adjudication since February and I call and they say they will put in a ticket to have an Adjudicator call me. Nothing. I am wondering If I can go down to to Maryland Unemployment Office and demand that someone talk with me to release my claim for payment. It’s been 56 days. I read that they have a maximum of 45 days.

      1. Luis,

        Your adjudicator may be inundated with pending cases. Please continue to follow up (if you have the contact details) or consider the option of visiting an office in the vicinity if safe and feasible.

      2. t sounds just like mine only im disqualified yet actie every till sept 4th . they haven’t asked me for anything! i file then its disqualified yet im told im ok and have nothing to do bit wait for an answer? answer to what? they switched my program and all and asked me to provide proof for a claim that wa denied al eady back in 2018! deny me once and then again perhaps? lol idk

    5. My mom had unemployment in Florida. She just recently moved temporally to California with a sister since she needs assistance, and now the website is telling her she cannot do anything because she is register in another state. Can she keep filing unemployment in Florida, even if she is living and register now in another state? how is the process to change the unemployment? I tried calling and there is no answer. Thank you!

      1. Stephanie,

        Please ask your mother to consider transferring the UI benefits from FL to CA (details will be available on either of the websites). If there are benefits weeks left in the account, she will be able to claim them.

      1. Leatha,

        UI benefits are offered to claimants who lose employment involuntarily and be able to and available for work.

    6. 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?

    7. 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.

    8. 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

        1. HI Jeff,
          I applied back in Dec 5th, 2020 and I haven’t received any correspondence, is there a local office that I can make an appt to make certain my claim is right.

          1. Adam,

            You can consider visiting an office in the vicinity if safe and feasible (details will be available on the Unemployment Office’s website).

    9. 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.

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

          1. Gary,

            You may not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

      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.

    11. 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!

    12. someone needs to look into Sharon L. Anton gillette, wyo. or dickinson, nd she is a fraud and has done so many fraudulent things and please look into her

      1. Annette,

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

    13. 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.

    14. 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.

      1. Maria,
        I have gotten through to the call center (live agent) every time i’ve tried calling within the last 2 weeks. The number to a live agent (follow the prompts carefully) is (667)-207-6520. i have gotten through within 10 to 15 mins with each call i had made!

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