Am I eligible to receive benefits?
You must be unemployed through no fault of your own, and you must have made sufficient wages in your base period (the first 4 of the last 5 completed calendar quarters before the week in which you file your application for benefits, or alternatively the last 4 quarters). You must have worked a job where your employer paid unemployment insurance tax on your wages. Also, you must be able and available for full-time work.
How do I apply for benefits in South Carolina?
You can apply online.
How much will I receive?
This will depend upon the wages earned in your base period. An insured worker’s weekly benefit shall be approximately 50% of his average weekly wage. The maximum weekly benefit is $326. For an estimate, use the Department of Employment and Workforce’s Benefits Estimator.
How long will I receive these benefits?
The length of time that you will receive benefits is also based on how much you made during the base period, but not more than 20 weeks.
After I start receiving benefits, what do I have to do to remain eligible?
You must econtinue to file weekly either online using your MyBenefits portal or by telephone. You must actively seek appropriate, full-time work. You must regularly report to your local Workforce Center. Also, you must make four employer contacts each week, keep a record of these contacts, and two of these contacts must be through SC Works Online Services.
I was turned down for benefits. How do I appeal this decision?
Your appeal must be in writing, and it must be submitted within 10 days of the date the decision for denial was mailed to you. It may be submitted by mail, by fax or online through your MyBenefits account. Also you must keep filing your weekly claims regularly because you will only be paid for weeks you filed if you win your appeal.
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