SCDEW: Decrease in first time unemployment insurance claims in SC last week

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce says there was a decrease in the number of initial unemployment insurance claims filed in the state last week.

From May 15-21, SCDEW says 1,648 South Carolinians filed first time unemployment insurance claims, a decrease from the 1,765 initial claims reported the previous week.

SCDEW says 5,922 claimants were paid an average benefit of $279.95.

Since March 15, 2020, SCDEW says it has paid out $6,631,768,512.18.

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