SC DEW: Increase in initial unemployment insurance claims last week
SOUTH CAROLINA (WOLO) – The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce reported an increase in initial unemployment insurance claims for last week.
According to the department, during the week of March 28 to April 3, there were 4,969 initial insurance claims for unemployment that were filed.
That’s an increase of 1,864 initial claims filed from the previous week of March 21 – 27, where 3,105 claims were filed.
On their intrastate map showing initial unemployment insurance claims by counties, Richland County had the highest number of claims in the state with 479.
According to the department, since March 15, 2020, 873,253 total initial unemployment insurance claims have been filed in the Palmetto State.
The department has paid out a total of more than $5.7 billion since March 15 of last year in a combination of the following:
- Regular state Unemployment Insurance benefits
- Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
- Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program
- Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation program
- Extended Benefits
- Lost Wages Assistance program
The U.S. Department of Labor says the number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits went up to 744,000 last week.
This is an increase from the week prior, which reported 719,000 applications for unemployment benefits.
According to the department, insured unemployment was 3,734,000 for the week ending on March 27, which is a decrease of 16,000 from the week prior.