SC unemployment insurance claims increase approximately 1600% for instate workers

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCBD/WSPA) – South Carolina initial unemployment insurance claims increased roughly 1600% for instate workers this past week, according to the SC Department of Employment and Workforce.

The advance numbers for the week ending March 21 totaled 31,054, as opposed to the previous week’s count of 1,996. This means 31,054 people who live and work in the state filed an initial claim last week.

Additionally, advance figures show there were 772 initial interstate claims filed. Those 772 people live in South Carolina but filed for employment insurance against another state. That increase represented an approximately 800% increase over the previous week’s total of 97.

Lowcountry breakdown:

  • Charleston County: 4,183 claims
  • Berkeley County: 1,321 claims
  • Dorchester County: 949 claims
  • Colleton County: 155 claims
  • Georgetown County: 311 claims

The unemployment claims process is completed online and can be found here.

Meanwhile, nearly 3.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week amid a widespread economic shutdown caused by the coronavirus, according to a report from the Associated Press.

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