Weekly Benefit Amount
A weekly benefit amount is the amount of money you are paid each week that you are found eligible to receive unemployment benefits.
Wages* you earned during one year of insured work, also known as the base period, determine your weekly benefit amount. Generally, wages earned from construction, factory work, mills, shops, stores, offices, banks, mines and other businesses employing one or more people count. South Carolina law does not cover certain farm labor, certain domestic services in private homes and several other employment types.
However, you are responsible for paying income taxes on all unemployment benefits received. DEW does not automatically withhold federal and state taxes from your weekly payment. Learn more about taxes here.
Can I earn wages while receiving unemployment
* Only wages earned from an employer covered by the South Carolina Code of Laws, Title 41 count as base-period wages.