Eligibility for the Benefits

Physically and mentally able to perform suitable work
Available for suitable work
making reasonable effort to find work
Free of participation or direct interest in labor dispute
Free of disqualification

Steps used to file unemployment insurance

Step One: Apply for Benefits

You must submit an initial claim in order for DEW to determine if your circumstances meet the eligibility requirements of the UI program.

Step Two: Register for Work

Within two weeks of submitting your initial claim, you must register for work on SC Works Online Service

Step Three: File your Weekly Claim and Search for work

Once you have filed an initial claim for unemployment benefits and registered for work, you are required to file a weekly claim and search for work each week thereafter; even while you are waiting to find out if you are eligible.

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