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Careers at DEW

Would you like to work for a state agency that offers vital programs and services to claimants, jobseekers, and employers across the state? Would you like to go to work every day knowing that you play a part in helping to strengthen our workforce and support individuals on their journey towards employment? If so, then consider joining the S.C. Department Employment and Workforce (DEW)!

Whether you are an experienced professional or an entry-level candidate, there might be a role at DEW that is a perfect fit just for you. Our agency is comprised of a myriad of departments and divisions ―  so if you are an accountant, a customer service representative, an IT specialist, a project manager, or even a researcher ― DEW might be your next employer. Consider joining the team and take a look at what open positions we have available by clicking below!

Job Spotlight

The agency's current job spotlight is for a Workforce Intelligence Coordinator.

As part of the Labor Market Information Department in Columbia, this person will serve as a lead research analyst for one of the state’s four workforce areas. This position is perfect for people who have studied economics, statistics, or similar fields and want to present data and analysis to affect positive change. By working with the state and regional workforce ecosystem to help them understand and use labor market information, these individuals can help our leaders and decision-makers shape the growth and development of the labor force in our state.

The incumbent will:

  • Perform specialized statistical analysis,
  • Develop labor market research,
  • Ensure proper data management,
  • Excel in customer service,
  • Present workforce figures and concepts, and
  • Write and contribute to agency reports.

This is an opportunity to be a resource for local workforce areas to help them understand and use labor market information to positively impact their region.

The agency is hiring a total of four Workforce Intelligence Coordinators to be part of this growing, innovative department. Click the button above to learn more about this position and how you might be a key part of our team to support South Carolina’s workforce.


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The state of South Carolina offers its employees generous benefits, including health and dental insurance; retirement and savings plan options; and paid vacation and sick leave. DEW seeks to promote a heathy work-life balance by offering excellent and generous benefits packages, which often outshine competing market offers.


  • Prescription coverage and wellness benefits
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Term life insurance
  • Long-term disability
  • Flexible spending accounts for health and child care expenses
  • Adoption assistance

Holidays and Leave

  • Time State employees may be eligible for other benefits such as paid holidays, paid vacation and sick leave; as well as, flexible work schedules for some employees.
    • 13 paid holidays
    • 15 days of sick leave per year (1.25 per month)
    • 15 days of annual leave per year (1.25 per month)


  • State employees are offered a generous pension program with options for Traditional SC Retirement Plan, Optional Retirement Plans, and 401K and/or 457 plans that can be tailored to specific needs.

For more information about job benefits, please contact us at 803.898.9390.

Learn more about the agency

DEW is responsible for paying unemployment insurance benefits, collecting unemployment taxes, helping people find jobs, matching businesses with qualified candidates, and collecting and disseminating state/federal employment statistics. Learn more about the different departments and divisions that make up our agency by selecting any of the options below.

Unemployment Insurance

Duties in this department include:

  • Operating the statewide Unemployment Insurance (UI) program.

  • Ensure appropriate controls have been built into all information systems and platforms.

  • Ensure confidentiality, integrity, and availability of agency information systems.

  • Enhance use of facilities.

  • Realize full potential of existing resources.

  • Reduce unemployment and under-employment.

Employment Services

Duties in this department include:

  • Assist individuals with finding employment by providing job search assistance, career guidance, workshops, and assessments.

  • Help businesses find qualified applicants for open positions by screening for skills and qualifications.

  • Provide assistance to Veterans to ensure they find meaningful civilian careers.

  • Operate Back to Work and Second Chance programs to help those with barriers to employment become job ready.

  • Coordinate activities for the SC Career Coach, a mobile SC Works center that is deployed to job fairs, rapid response events, and rural areas to provide services. 

Workforce Development

Duties in this department include:

  • Responsible for the program direction and administrative oversight of federal workforce programs, to include the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

  • Provides support to the State Workforce Development Board, which governs the state’s public workforce system.

  • Partners with education and economic development to anticipate skill needs and provide a skilled workforce.

  • Develops funded initiatives to address the barriers that prohibit individuals from obtaining employment in high-growth, high-demand occupations.

  • Develops performance standards in the delivery of workforce services to jobseekers and businesses.

Labor Market Information

Duties in this department include:

  • Conduct federal and state labor market research.
  • Report federal and state data regarding unemployment and employment.

  • Identify economic trends, indicators, and probabilities based on current and historical statistics. 

Policies and Procedures

Duties in this department include:

  • Develops policies and procedures that adhere to federal and state laws and regulations governing unemployment, workforce development, and employment services.

  • Provides technical expertise in the operation of the Employment Services operating system.

  • Reporting architects that are responsible for providing reports to support operations and program management for divisions.

Legal and Governmental Affairs

Duties in this department include:

  • Serves as the agency liaison to the General Assembly, Governor's Office, and Congressional delegation on legislative, appropriations, and regulatory changes.

  • Serves as the primary point of contact on agency wide constituent service requests.

  • Coordinates a large number of the agency outreach efforts.

  • Serves as a liaison to trade organizations and businesses on legislative matters.

  • Plays a leadership role in many of the agency wide special projects and initiatives.

Support Staff

Other areas that comprise our agency are:

  • Appeals
  • Communications
  • Enterprise Project Management 
  • Facilities
  • Finance
  • Human Resources and Talent Development
  • Information Services
  • Internal Audit
  • Procurement