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S.C. unemployment claims tick upward after 4 weeks of declines

Staff Report //August 20, 2020//

S.C. unemployment claims tick upward after 4 weeks of declines

Staff Report //August 20, 2020//

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Initial unemployment claims filed in S.C. rose for the week ending Aug. 15 after declining for four consecutive weeks.

The 7,255 claims represented an increase of 1,334 from the previous week, according to data from the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce. In the last 22 weeks, 719,704 initial claims have been filed, and the agency has paid more than $3.81 billion in a combination of state and federal benefits.

“Although this week’s initial claims data exhibited an uptick, fluctuation of claims data is common. Our teams have reviewed the available information and there is no significant singular event that can account for the increase,” Dan Ellzey, DEW executive director, said in a news release.

Ellzey pointed out that the four-week period from July 25 to Aug. 15 saw 34,279 initial claims, down from the 67,248 claims filed from June 27 to July 18.

For the week ending Aug. 15, Greenville County saw 689 claims filed, while Richland County saw 672. Charleston County had 440, Spartanburg County 412 and Lexington County 406.