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South Carolina Unemployment

The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce provides unemployment insurance benefits to out-of-work employees.

Unlocking South Carolina’s Unemployment Benefits

The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce provides unemployment insurance benefits to any out-of-work employee 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 with unemployment compensation, 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.

South Carolina Unemployment Services



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How To Qualify for South Carolina Unemployment Benefits

To meet eligibility requirements, the following must be true in most cases on behalf of your initial claim:

  • 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 Period

First 4 of the last 5 completed quarters

Alt Base Period

Last 4 completed quarters

Duration of Benefits

Weekly Payment

Maximum Benefits Amount (1 year)



13-20 weeks




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 an unemployment claim in person at your local South Carolina Works center or connection point. You may have to provide other legal information during this application process, such as your full name, social security number, and your authorization to work in the state of South Carolina. 

Once approved for UI benefits, you may choose to have your weekly federal 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 wages 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 – Abbeville

903 West Greenwood St.

Abbeville, SC 29620


Aiken Unemployment Office

1571 Richland Avenue East

Aiken, SC 29802-3097


Allendale Unemployment Office

398 Barnwell Highway

Allendale, SC 29810


Unemployment Office Anderson

511 Michelin Blvd

Anderson, SC 29625


Barnwell Center

248 Wall Street

Barnwell, SC 29812


Unemployment Office Beaufort 

164 Castle Rock Road

Beaufort, SC 29906


Unemployment Office – Bennettsville

460 Highway 9 West

PO Box 247

Bennettsville, SC 29512


Bishopville Center

200 N. Main Street

Bishopville, SC 29010


Darlington Lee Adult Ed

123 E. College Street

Bishopville, SC 29010


Unemployment Office Camden Center

1111 Broad Street

Camden, SC 29020


Unemployment Office – Cheraw 

318 Front Street

PO Box 877

Cheraw, SC 29520


Unemployment Office – Chester

525 College Place

Chester, SC 29706


Chesterfield Adult Education

116 Edwards Road

Chesterfield, SC 29709


Unemployment Office Clemson Center

1376 Tiger Blvd Suite 102

Clemson, SC 29631


Unemployment Office Columbia

700 Taylor St

Columbia, SC 29201


Unemployment Office Coastal Center Conway

200-A Victory Lane

Conway, SC 29526


Bamberg Unemployment Office

19 Maple Avenue

Denmark, SC 29042


Unemployment Office Dillon

2204 Hwy 301 South

Dillon, SC 29536


Unemployment Office Easley

1776 Powdersville Road

Easley, SC 29642


Unemployment Office – Edgefield

21 Star Road

Edgefield, SC 29824


Unemployment Office Florence Center

1558 West Evans Street

Florence, SC 29501


Upstate – Cherokee Center

111-C Tiffany Park

Gaffney, SC 29341


Unemployment Office – Georgetown

1105 Church Street

Georgetown, SC 29440


Unemployment Office McAlister Square

225 South Pleasantburg Drive

Suite E-1

Greenville, SC 29607


Greenwood Unemployment Office

927 E Cambridge Ave

Greenwood, SC 29646


Unemployment Office Greer

202 Victoria Street Greer

Greer, SC 29651


Unemployment Office Hampton

303 First St East

Hampton, SC 29924


Unemployment Office Hartsville

437 West Carolina Avenue

PO Drawer 1170

Hartsville, SC 29550


Unemployment Office Kingstree

530 Martin Luther King Jr Avenue

PO Box 727

Kingstree, SC 29556


Unemployment Office  – Lancaster

705 North White Street

PO Box 1779

Lancaster, SC 29720


Unemployment Office – Laurens

1029 West Main St

Laurens, SC 29360


Manning Center

215 N. Brooks Street

Manning, SC 29102


Unemployment Office Marion

2413 East Highway 76

Marion, SC 29571


Unemployment Office – McCormick

109 West Augusta Street

McCormick, SC 29835


Unemployment Office Berkeley

305 Heatley Street

Moncks Corner, SC 29461


Unemployment Office – Newberry County

1840 Wilson Rd. PO Box 1011

Newberry, SC 29108


Unemployment Office Charleston

1930 Hanahan Road Suite 200

North Charleston, SC 29406


Unemployment Office Orangeburg Center

1804 Joe Jeffords Hwy

Orangeburg, SC 29116


Unemployment Office Rock Hill Center

454 South Anderson Road

Suite 202

Rock Hill, SC 29730


Unemployment Office – Saluda

407 West Butler Avenue

Saluda, SC 29138


Unemployment Office Seneca

104 Vocational Drive

Seneca, SC 29672


Unemployment Office Winnsboro Center

96 US Hwy 321 Bypass South

South Winnsboro, SC 29180


Unemployment Office Spartanburg

220 E. Kennedy Street

PO Box 1250

Spartanburg, SC 29306


Calhoun Center

101 Courthouse Drive

St. Matthews, SC 29135


Unemployment Office Dorchester

1325-A Boone Hill Road

Summerville, SC 29483


Unemployment Office – Sumter 

31 E Calhoun Street

Sumter, SC 29150


Unemployment Office Upstate Union

300 E South ST, Union

PO Box 663

Union, SC 29379


Colleton Career Skills Center

1085 Thunderbolt Drive

Walterboro, SC 29488


Lexington Unemployment Office

671 Main Street

West Columbia, SC 29170


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