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S.C. unemployment claims fall in week ending Oct. 31

Staff Report //November 5, 2020//

S.C. unemployment claims fall in week ending Oct. 31

Staff Report //November 5, 2020//

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The number of initial unemployment claims filed in South Carolina dropped by 439 for the week ending Oct. 31 from the previous week.

The state saw 3,398 claims for the most recent week, down from 3,837 claims for the week ending Oct. 24, according to data from the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce.

Nationally, 751,000 Americans filed claims last week, down 7,000 from the previous week.

Greenville County saw 343 initial claims filed, highest in the state. Richland County had 334 claims, Horry County 283, Spartanburg County 202, Lexington County 173 and Charleston County 170.

According to DEW, 132,128 claimants received unemployment benefits for the week ending Oct. 31, being paid an average of $227.42.

The agency has paid out more than $4.5 billion in a combination of state and federal unemployment benefits since March 15.

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