Workforce Centers statewide will be open this Saturday, after President Obama signed the unemployment extension bill, an extension of the federally-funded Emergency Unemployment Compensation and Extended Benefits program.
South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce spokesman Clark Newsom says the 36 offices will be open between 8 am and noon Saturday, expecting a large turnout, to assist people who are entitled to unemployment benefits but who haven’t been filing their claims eash week. Newsom says the Saturday hours are only for those claimants who have not been filing. Newsom says if you think you’re entitled to unemployment benefits and have received them before, but you haven’t been making your regular Saturday or Sunday calls to the Department of Employment and Workforce to file your claim, you will need to go into an office to file.
Newsome says he expects that the first checks will be mailed Monday. These extensions will go to people who have exhausted their state-funded regular unemployment benefits, who meet other eligibility criteria.