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Applying for Unemployment

We are an online resource to help answer your questions, check eligibility and assist in applying for Unemployment. You will also be advised if you qualify for additional benefit programs and receive our benefit guide.

South Carolina Unemployment

If you live in South Carolina and you find yourself in a situation where you need to utilize unemployment benefits, you will need to follow a similar application process as you would in any other state. This application process will allow you to find out whether or not you truly qualify for unemployment benefits, and also to help you discover what your weekly benefit amount, or WBA, will be if you do qualify.

The most important tool you need when applying for unemployment is knowledge. The more you know before you apply, the more chance you have of actually receiving benefits. This website will help inform you about the requirements for unemployment, the documentation and information you will need to apply, how the application process works, how much money you may be eligible for and more.

Below are a few facts and tips regarding unemployment that should help you on your journey of applying and safely claiming your weeks during your benefit year:

  • If you voluntarily leave your job, or are fired for misconduct, it is unlikely that you will receive unemployment benefits. Most people on unemployment were let go from their job due to no fault of their own. There are some situations that will allow you to collect unemployment even if you leave your job voluntarily, and they are usually health-related. However, if you are fired, there is almost a zero percent chance that you will be eligible for unemployment benefits in South Carolina.

  • Never forget to file your weeks. If you do not claim your weeks for a long period of time, you may need to reapply for benefits all over again.

  • Be aware of the main requirements before you apply to save yourself time. If you do not fit the requirements, then there is no need to apply. If you feel you straddle the line of possibly qualifying or not qualifying, then you should continue the process.

  • When it comes to claiming your weeks, you will need to provide information for all the jobs you applied to, interviewed for and even worked for, even if only for a few days. Keep the name of the company, a contact name, phone number and address for each job so that you can report it as part of your requirement to continue receiving unemployment.

If you still have further questions about unemployment, your best bet is to peruse this website, as it has most of the answers you will need. If you still find yourself confused, be sure to reach out to a representative at the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce by calling 803-737-2400.