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South Carolina resuming $300 unemployment compensation payments

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Updated: Jan. 4, 2021 at 2:47 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - State officials are resuming the $300 Federal Pandemic Unemployment compensation benefits after the passage of the stimulus bill.

As of Monday, officials with the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce said they have paid more than $10 million overnight to the first round of claimants eligible for the $300 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation supplemental benefits.

According to DEW officials, starting with claim week ending January 2, 2021, claimants who are eligible to receive at least $1 of an unemployment program will also receive an additional $300 on top of their weekly benefit amount.

“This supplemental FPUC payment, made available by the recent passing of the Continued Assistance for Unemployed Workers Act, will be provided to eligible claimants through claim week ending March 13, 2021,” state officials said.

Officials say the reason why the payments were implemented so quickly was because the state agency received guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor.

“We are extremely excited to begin paying these important funds without interruption to continuing claimants with eligible weeks,” said DEW Executive Director Dan Ellzey. “Our agency has only received the very first of the guidance from the US Department of Labor (USDOL), and there is still a great deal of work to be done to study and implement these complex programs, but we are happy to begin the process and support South Carolinians during this difficult time. We will communicate with claimants to help them navigate new deadlines and expectations.”

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