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Unemployment Insurance: South Carolina

Unemployment Insurance requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Meryl Gutterman, formerly of Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, P.C.


  • Most employers doing business in South Carolina are subject to South Carolina's unemployment compensation law. See Employer Coverage.
  • Individuals must meet certain eligibility requirements to receive unemployment insurance benefits. See Employee Eligibility.
  • Under certain circumstances, workers may not qualify for unemployment benefits. See Disqualification From Benefits.
  • Unemployment benefits are generally available for up to 20 weeks. See Benefits.
  • When a claimant files for unemployment benefits, the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce investigates the claim by contacting both the claimant and the claimant's former employer. See Filing Claims.
  • Employers are subject to certain notice, posting and recordkeeping requirements. See Notice and Posting Requirements; Recordkeeping Requirements.