SENECA – About $ 10 million in state unemployment benefits was distributed from the S.C Department of Work and Labor last week.
DEW executive director Dan Ellzey said the money was distributed from March 29 to April 2.
“We know this is a much needed financial support for the South Carolinians, and this is only the beginning of the benefits that will continue to flow to the state economy,” Ellzey said. “We have had thousands of questions about the new law being passed, and I want to assure you that on Saturday, March 28, Governor (Henry) McMaster and I signed documentation to receive federal funds on behalf of South Carolina.”
Nearly 96,000 jobless claims have been filed in South Carolina over a two week period, according to the department. Oconee County residents filed 1,025 claims, while neighboring Pickens County reported 1,613 claims in the week ending March 28.
Ellzey said the country was still waiting for full guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor. on federal payments an additional $ 600 per week is available under the Corona Assistance, Economic Assistance and Security Act (CARES).
For those who have netted unemployment, Ellzey said the addition of $ 600 per week would be applied retroactively starting with claims filed for the week ending April 4. Claims for submission must go to an online account that week to confirm that they are still unemployed. continue to receive benefits.
Those who also qualify for $ 600 Pandemic Unemployment Assistance are:
• Someone who submitted 1099
• Work alone
• Church Employees
• Nonprofit and government employees
• Independent contractor
• Gig of economic workers
• Those who have run out of regular unemployment insurance benefits
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