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Earlier this month the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce (SCDEW) announced that as many as 6,500 recipients of extended unemployment benefits would be ineligible to continue receiving this taxpayer-funded assistance.

The reason? Changes in federal law, according to the agency.

Are benefits really being cut, though? Not according to our sources.

“When those people come in, DEW workers have been instructed to find any possible way to continue the benefits and for some, if not many, they are continuing to receive a check,” one of our sources explains.

Hence the distinction between 6,500 people losing their benefits and being “eligible” to lose their benefits.

SCDEW has been slammed recently for its general incompetence – and its $782 million debt to the federal government (which S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley and “Republican” leaders in the S.C. General Assembly have chosen to pass on to Palmetto State businesses and taxpayers). According to the latest data, one out of every five dollars in unemployment benefits doled out by the agency is awarded erroneously – the eighth-highest percentage in the nation. Obviously that’s a big problem in a state that has one of the highest unemployment rates in America.