COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The state's
unemployment agency says about 29,000 South Carolinians will stop
receiving jobless benefits at year's end as federally funded extensions
The state Department of
Employment and Workforce sent a reminder Tuesday that payments to those
in the federal program will stop by Jan. 3. The agency says that means
the loss of $6.2 million weekly.
Anyone filing for
unemployment insurance after Dec. 29 will be eligible only for the
maximum under state law of 20 weeks of benefits paid by employers.
Carolinians had qualified for up to 78 weeks of payments thanks to two
different federally paid extensions. 1 of those expired in April. A law
passed by Congress in February phased out the other.
Congress initially approved those 42 weeks of emergency benefits in 2008.