Unemployment Insurance (UI) is a nationwide program created to financially help eligible workers, who are unemployed through no fault of their own, while they actively search for new work.
The program allows UI recipients to maintain purchasing power therefore easing the serious effects of unemployment on individual households, the community and the state.
Employers finance the UI program through tax contributions and in South Carolina, the Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW) administers the UI program according to guidelines established by the South Carolina Code of Laws, Title 41, and South Carolina Code of Regulations, Chapter 47.
In South Carolina, the maximum potential to receive state benefits is 20 weeks.
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