Congress has not yet agreed on another extension to unemployment insurance benefits. So the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce says claimants who have been on the UI program continually at least 79 weeks will likely lose their benefits as early as this Saturday.
Unemployment insurance normally lasts for 26 weeks, but Congress has extended those during this economic recession. According to a release sent to the media by the SC DEW:
The bill has already passed the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate is scheduled to consider the bill when it reconvenes on June 7. This situation could be reversed when and if the extension bill is passed with a retroactive effective date.
The S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which administers the Unemployment Insurance program, will continue to take claimant certifications so that checks can be issued promptly should the bill pass. The bill in question currently also includes funding for summer employment opportunities for youth. If and when it does pass Congress in its current form, those experiences may be available.