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Unemployment insurance claims soar in S.C.

Staff Report //March 26, 2020//

Unemployment insurance claims soar in S.C.

Staff Report //March 26, 2020//

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Unemployment insurance claims in South Carolina totaled 31,054 in the week ending March 21, an increase of approximately 1600% from the previous week’s total of 1,996.

Those figures from the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce represent initial intrastate claims, or claims made by people who both live and work within the state of South Carolina.

A county-by-county look at intrastate unemployment insurance claims for the week ending March 21. (Image/Provided)In addition, for the week ending March 21, there were 772 interstate additional claims, an increase of approximately 800% from the previous week’s total of 97. Those claims were filed by people who live in South Carolina but filed for unemployment insurance against another state.

Horry County led the state with 5,258 intrastate claims. Charleston saw 4,183 and Greenville 3,265. In Richland County, 2,476 claims were filed, and 1,487 were filed in Lexington. Spartanburg had 1,554 claims filed.

More information about unemployment insurance can be found online at dew.sc.gov/covid-hub.