CARES Act Programs:
Effective June 26, 2021, the state of South Carolina is no longer participating in any of the federal pandemic unemployment programs. This includes PUA, PEUC, FPUC, and MEUC.
Claimants need to certify the week of June 27-July 3 for benefits of the week of June 20-June 26. When individuals certify, they are confirming that they were still unemployed the week before. They should also continue to conduct their weekly work searches as part of their eligibility responsibility.
Anyone currently on state unemployment benefits, which is up to 20 weeks of benefits, will continue to receive their weekly benefit amount (WBA) starting June 27, 2021 as long as they remain eligible. If you are eligible to move from federal programs to the state UI program, you will be notified with next steps. You should not file another claim. Simply continue to check communication in the MyBenefits portal. If there are any further instructions, you will receive them there.
Lost Wages Assistance:
Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) was a temporary federal program what was only available for 6 weeks of unemployment from July 26, 2020, through September 5, 2020, for pandemic affected claimants. The agency is no longer issuing any LWA payments or reissuing any checks as of March 27, 2022, because funding for this federal program has ended.
For more information about statewide UI benefits visit How UI Works.
Reemployment resources are always available at SCworks.org.