Individuals who need to file for unemployment related to COVID-19 must do so through the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW). To apply, follow the steps:
- Step 1: Review information about how to apply for benefits, including step-by-step instructions and links to FAQs related to the COVID-19 unemployment process, on the SC DEW Apply for Benefits page.
- Step 2: Visit the Claimant Self Service Portal login screen to begin filing an unemployment insurance claim. Begin the filing process.
If you have any questions about filing an unemployment insurance claim, try using DEW’s chatbot feature located on the agency’s website. The chatbot can be found here; look for the chatbot icon.