Once you have filed an initial claim for unemployment benefits and registered for work, you are required to file a weekly claim and search for work each week thereafter; even while you are waiting to find out if you are eligible.
File a Weely Claim
Filing a weekly claim involves answering questions about whether you worked, earned any income and whether you were able, available and looking for work. This information certifies that you are paid accurately and timely.
A standard claim week begins Sunday and ends the following Saturday. When you file a weekly claim, you are submitting information about the previous week; the earliest day to file is on Sunday. The earlier you file and certify eligibility the quicker you receive payment. Failing to file, or filing late will affect your payment.
If you physically worked during the week, you must report your gross earnings—which is the amount you earn before taxes or any other deductions; even if you have not been paid yet. Unsure of what earnings to report weekly? Check out the Earnings Worksheet or the Reporting Your Wages video tutorial.
You may file weekly claims:
- Online via the MyBenefits portal
-- If you don’t have computer access, you can apply online using a computer at one of many service locations across the state.
- Calling our TelClaim System
- Downloading the iClaim mobile app
Search for Work
To remain eligible for benefits, you must search for work each week. Your work search must include at least four job contacts each week and must be documented using the Record of Work Seeking Activities (UCB-303) form.
At least one of your four searches must be done on SC Works Online Services. If you do not use SC Works Online Services for at least one weekly job search, you will not receive payment.
In order for your online job search to be counted in our system, you must log on to SC Works Online Services with the original username you received when you registered for work as part of filing your initial claim.
If you forget or lose your original username, you can call your nearest comprehensive SC Works center and select the employment services option.
If you need to reset your password for your original username, click on the “Forgot username/ password?” link on the SC Works Online Services page.
Your work searches and accompanying documentation are subject to random audits and verification by DEW. If you do not adhere to the work search policy, you will lose benefit payments.