South Carolina Unemployment Benefits

The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce provides unemployment insurance benefits to out-of-work employees to help temporarily replace earnings while those employees seek new jobs.

By offering these benefits, the state allows unemployed workers to maintain their purchase power, which lessens the overall negative effects of unemployment on the state economy and the burden of unemployment on individual households. In South Carolina, UI benefits can provide up to $326 weekly for an unemployed worker.

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How To Qualify for South Carolina Unemployment Benefits

To meet eligibility requirements, the following must be true in most cases:

  • The claimant must be unemployed or working less than full time
  • If the claimant is working at some level, she must earn less than the weekly benefit amount
  • The claimant must be willing, able, and available to accept suitable work when it’s offered
  • The claimant must confirm eligibility for benefits each week, along with completing two job searches per week, which will need to be entered into the SC Works online portal for each week a claimant wants to receive benefits

Benefit Payments and Duration

Base PeriodFirst 4 of the last 5 completed quarters
Alt Base PeriodLast 4 completed quarters
Duration of BenefitsWeekly PaymentMaximum Benefits Amount (1 year)
13-20 weeks$42$326$6,520

How To Apply for South Carolina Unemployment Benefits

The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce strongly encourages all claimants to set up an online account and submit the initial unemployment benefits claim online. However, if you do not have Internet access, or if an online claim is impossible for other reasons, you also may submit a claim in person at your local South Carolina Works center or connection point.

Once approved for UI benefits, you may choose to have your weekly benefits delivered via direct deposit or loaded onto a Bank of America prepaid debit card.

Managing Your Unemployment Benefits

For as long as you receive benefits, you must submit a weekly certification to verify that you remain eligible for UI benefits. You can use the same username and password for the account you set up when filing your initial claim. You will need to log your job search activity, including a minimum of two job searches per week. 

If you earned any money that week, you must report the amount. You also may be asked to answer other questions about your weekly activities and your eligibility.

How Do I Appeal a Decision?

If you disagree with the decision regarding your claim, you can learn how to file an appeal in South Carolina. Make sure to closely read the letter you receive detailing your decision. It also will outline the steps you need to take to begin the appeal process. Once your appeal is received, you may be asked to participate in a hearing, during which you can answer questions about your claim.

If you receive an appellate decision that you still disagree with, your next step is to file another appeal with the Appellate Panel. This type of appeal must be filed within 10 days of the mailing date listed on your appellate decision.

Reporting Fraud

The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce calls on all unemployment benefit recipients to be mindful of fraud and abuse. Participants are strongly encouraged to use the state’s online reporting form to bring forward any situations in which fraud is suspected, including employer fraud, claimant fraud, and even identity theft.

You also may call the fraud hotline at 800-868-1488. All tips are taken seriously and investigated thoroughly. When you make your report, try to provide as many details as you possibly can. This helps the state ensure that taxpayer dollars are being used appropriately and that UI benefits are truly going to those who need them most.

South Carolina Unemployment Office Locations

Unemployment Office - Abbeville903 West Greenwood St.
Abbeville, SC 29620
Aiken Unemployment Office1571 Richland Avenue East
Aiken, SC 29802-3097
Allendale Unemployment Office398 Barnwell Highway
Allendale, SC 29810
Unemployment Office Anderson511 Michelin Blvd
Anderson, SC 29625
Barnwell Center248 Wall Street
Barnwell, SC 29812
Unemployment Office Beaufort 164 Castle Rock Road
Beaufort, SC 29906
Unemployment Office - Bennettsville460 Highway 9 West
PO Box 247
Bennettsville, SC 29512
Bishopville Center200 N. Main Street
Bishopville, SC 29010
Darlington Lee Adult Ed123 E. College Street
Bishopville, SC 29010
Unemployment Office Camden Center1111 Broad Street
Camden, SC 29020
Unemployment Office - Cheraw 318 Front Street
PO Box 877
Cheraw, SC 29520
Unemployment Office - Chester525 College Place
Chester, SC 29706
Chesterfield Adult Education116 Edwards Road
Chesterfield, SC 29709
Unemployment Office Clemson Center1376 Tiger Blvd Suite 102
Clemson, SC 29631
Unemployment Office Columbia700 Taylor St
Columbia, SC 29201
Unemployment Office Coastal Center Conway200-A Victory Lane
Conway, SC 29526
Bamberg Unemployment Office19 Maple Avenue
Denmark, SC 29042
Unemployment Office Dillon2204 Hwy 301 South
Dillon, SC 29536
Unemployment Office Easley1776 Powdersville Road
Easley, SC 29642
Unemployment Office - Edgefield21 Star Road
Edgefield, SC 29824
Unemployment Office Florence Center1558 West Evans Street
Florence, SC 29501
Upstate - Cherokee Center111-C Tiffany Park
Gaffney, SC 29341
Unemployment Office - Georgetown1105 Church Street
Georgetown, SC 29440
Unemployment Office McAlister Square225 South Pleasantburg Drive
Suite E-1
Greenville, SC 29607
Greenwood Unemployment Office927 E Cambridge Ave
Greenwood, SC 29646
Unemployment Office Greer202 Victoria Street Greer
Greer, SC 29651
Unemployment Office Hampton303 First St East
Hampton, SC 29924
Unemployment Office Hartsville437 West Carolina Avenue
PO Drawer 1170
Hartsville, SC 29550
Unemployment Office Kingstree530 Martin Luther King Jr Avenue
PO Box 727
Kingstree, SC 29556
Unemployment Office  - Lancaster705 North White Street
PO Box 1779
Lancaster, SC 29720
Unemployment Office - Laurens1029 West Main St
Laurens, SC 29360
Manning Center215 N. Brooks Street
Manning, SC 29102
Unemployment Office Marion2413 East Highway 76
Marion, SC 29571
Unemployment Office - McCormick109 West Augusta Street
McCormick, SC 29835
Unemployment Office Berkeley305 Heatley Street
Moncks Corner, SC 29461
Unemployment Office - Newberry County1840 Wilson Rd. PO Box 1011
Newberry, SC 29108
Unemployment Office Charleston1930 Hanahan Road Suite 200
North Charleston, SC 29406
Unemployment Office Orangeburg Center1804 Joe Jeffords Hwy
Orangeburg, SC 29116
Unemployment Office Rock Hill Center454 South Anderson Road
Suite 202
Rock Hill, SC 29730
Unemployment Office - Saluda407 West Butler Avenue
Saluda, SC 29138
Unemployment Office Seneca104 Vocational Drive
Seneca, SC 29672
Unemployment Office Winnsboro Center96 US Hwy 321 Bypass South
South Winnsboro, SC 29180
Unemployment Office Spartanburg220 E. Kennedy Street
PO Box 1250
Spartanburg, SC 29306
Calhoun Center101 Courthouse Drive
St. Matthews, SC 29135
Unemployment Office Dorchester1325-A Boone Hill Road
Summerville, SC 29483
Unemployment Office - Sumter 31 E Calhoun Street
Sumter, SC 29150
Unemployment Office Upstate Union300 E South ST, Union
PO Box 663
Union, SC 29379
Colleton Career Skills Center1085 Thunderbolt Drive
Walterboro, SC 29488
Lexington Unemployment Office671 Main Street
West Columbia, SC 29170