Department of Employment and Workforce officials say the new unemployment benefits are coming like Christmas in July to retailers and consumers, as well as jobless workers.
Officials say the Congressional extension of unemployment benefits will pump $41 million into the South Carolina economy very quickly.
The Department of Employment and Workforce released 50,000 checks and made 20,000 direct deposit and debit card transactions. An agency spokesman says while the extension of benefits was delayed, staff members continued to take claims and plan for eventual passage of the bill, so when it was passed, getting the checks out only took a few days.
For those who did not file claims all along, each of the 36 Workforce Centers around the state were open on Saturday. Approximately 1400 claimants showed up to re-file. Checks were mailed Monday.