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  • If you are a South Carolina resident and you have lost your job, you may be entitled to receive unemployment benefits from the South Carolina Employment and Workforce Department as well as access to valuable employment resources. This website will help you understand all the stages and procedures you need to be familiar with to benefit from what the South Carolina W&D has to offer.


    Learn The Ropes

    To qualify for unemployment benefits in South Carolina you must take three main steps. This article will explain how the system operates and how you can make it work for you.



    Step 2: File your initial Claim and Register for Work

    The second step you need to take to receive unemployment benefits in South Carolina, after filing your first claim, is to register for work. After all, helping you find a new job is the main purpose of South Carolina’s Department of Employment and Workforce. The good news is that you only need to register once and there are two simple ways to do it: online or in person at one of South Carolina’s Department of Employment and Workforce offices. This article will give you clear instructions on how to register for work.


    Step 3: File your weekly claims

    If you fail to file your weekly claim, you will not receive your benefits. You can file online, personally at one of South Carolina’s Employment and Workforce department offices, over the phone on South Carolina’s TelClaim System or with a Pay Order Card. Learn how each of these methods works..

    This website provides you with up-to-date news about the employment situation in South Carolina and how to apply for the benefits you are entitled to. Here are a few examples of articles on subjects you should know about:



    Congress Approves Unemployment Extension South Carolina

    The U.S. Congress finally approved the fourth extension of the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Program after keeping millions of unemployed workers on tenterhooks for months.




    South Carolina Department of Employment: Extended Benefits and Federal Additional Compensation

    Most states offered 26 weeks of basic unemployment benefits. The Emergency Unemployment Compensation program offered up to 53 weeks divided between its four-tier system (click here for more information on the EUC program). The Extended Benefits program, allowed unemployed workers who exhausted their basic and EUC benefits to apply for an additional 20 weeks of extended benefits.


    South Carolina Interstate Claims: How To Make The System Work For You

    What should you do if you checks are taking more than you expected to arrive?




    South Carolina’s Workforce and Employment Department is working hard to help the more than 232,000 unemployed workers in South Carolina. This, of course, includes providing workers with a temporary income while unemployed, but there is so much more we can help you with. You can learn about South Carolina’s WorkReady Initiative, its Employers Online Services, and the job seeking, retraining and education services you are eligible for.

    Are you work ready? If you are unemployed or just leaving school, it can be difficult to know what to do to find a job. Maybe you feel you have tried everything without success of it is your first time looking for a job and need help on how to search for a job. This is the objective of South Carolina’s WorkReady Initiative. This creative employment program helps workers, their work skills, training and testing to the requirements of employers. This helps make their programs more relevant. It also helps workers meet federal programs and enjoy the benefits these afford. WorkReady also supports economic and work development programs and provides the basis for the National Career Readiness Program.

    How can you access this wealth of resources? Visit www.workreadysc.com and learn what WorkReady can do for you. At the basis of WorkReady’s program is WorkKeys, an employment program that provides a skills assessment system that  has become a national movement. The desire for a statewide system arose organically within South Carolina. This is what WorkReady has to say about its beginnings and the purpose of the program.

    In 1998, a small group of professionals across South Carolina’s technical colleges, WIA local areas, adult education, etc. who were already using the system formed the South Carolina WorkKeys® Users Group to identify best practices and to support each other’s efforts. As usage and group membership grew, word of the system’s success in job placement began to spread within the business community. The group continues to meet and has over 100 members, made up of administrators from the Workforce Investment system, South Carolina’s technical college system, K-12 education, Adult Education, and Job Corps. As a result of this grass-roots movement, partners across the state including the sixteen (16) technical colleges, the twelve local Workforce Investment Act areas, providers of adult education, and businesses are at varying stages of development and implementation of a skills assessment system and work readiness certificate program.

    Recognizing the value of the assessment system as well as the reality of inconsistent statewide application, a number of additional groups in South Carolina including the Career Readiness Consortium, a multi-state group meeting over the course of the last three years; the Workforce Innovation Network group from the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce; the Palmetto Institute; and the Workforce Education Task Force of the Council on Competitiveness called for and helped create the push for a statewide assessment initiative. By creating a common "skills" language, this system will facilitate communication among public and agency partners, educational institutions, business and industry, and other relevant partners.

    Are you interested in assessing your readiness for work? Would you like help in deciding what to do next to improve your chances of employment? Click here to find the closest WorkKeys assessment office.

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