Unemployment claims

The weekly unemployment numbers have again decreased in South Carolina for the fourth time since mid-March.

The South Carolina Department of Employment of Workforce has reported that 32,513 people filed initial claims for unemployment in the week ending May 9, a decrease of 14,234 claims from the week prior.

Georgetown County saw a decrease this week with 328 claims, a decrease from the previous week's nearly 600. Horry County also saw a decrease this week with 2,964 claims from the previous 4,318.

unemployment may map

SCDEW said it’s paid out more than $1 billion between state unemployment insurance and programs linked to the CARES Act. Executive director Dan Ellzey said that the

four-week gradual transition from unemployment is due to "a portion of the population reporting back to work as the Governor reengages the state's businesses."