7,000 Midlands residents to lose unemployment benefits

STATEWIDE (WIS) - Federal unemployment benefits will end next month for over 7,000 Midlands residents as the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program expires.

The SC Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW) estimates this change will affect
approximately 29,000 South Carolinians and remove an estimated $6.2 million from the state's
economy each week.

Regardless of where a claimant falls on the four-tier EUC system, all payments will cease at the
program's end. After Dec. 29, 2012, South Carolinians filing for Unemployment Insurance
compensation will only be eligible for up to 20 weeks of state benefits.

Midlands residents affected:

Darlington/Lee                 469
Fairfield                            249
Kershaw                          512
Lexington                        1073
Newberry                         198
Saluda                              44
Orangeburg/Calhoun       1230
Richland                           2508
Sumter                             913
Clarendon                       138
Total                                7,334

Affected claimants are encouraged to take advantage of free resources in local SC Works centers and online at jobs.sc.works.org.

EUC is a temporary federal program created in 2008 to assist individuals who have exhausted regular state benefits. The program was extended several times, but the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 set December 2012 as EUC's end date.

DEW continues to work closely with the U.S. Department of Labor to fully analyze every aspect of how the EUC program's end will impact our state. The agency is committed to keeping claimants informed of all developments regarding the situation. For updates, visit www.dew.sc.gov, follow @scdewinfo on Twitter or send questions to Questionsaboutnewlaw@dew.sc.gov.

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