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Initial unemployment claims drop in S.C., rise nationally

Staff Report //November 19, 2020//

Initial unemployment claims drop in S.C., rise nationally

Staff Report //November 19, 2020//

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Initial unemployment claims filed in South Carolina for the week ending Nov. 14 dropped by 126 from the previous week as the total number of claims filed since March 15 climbed past 777,000.

The 3,501 initial claims for the second week in November represented a decrease of 126 from the week ending Nov. 7, according to data from the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce. The agency has paid out $4.6 billion in a combination of state and federal unemployment benefits since mid-March.

Nationally, initial claims increased by 31,000 from the previous week to 742,000, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (.pdf).

For the week of Nov. 8 through Nov. 14, 127,139 S.C. claimants received an average of $227.42 in weekly benefits.

For the latest week, Greenville County had a state-high 363 initial claims, while Richland County saw 314. Horry County had 295, Spartanburg County 196 and Charleston County 178. Lexington County saw 153 initial claims filed.