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South Carolina sees record-breaking weekly unemployment claims – Florence, South Carolina

Florence, South Carolina 2021-12-03 18:23:18 –

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (WBTW) — The latest unemployment numbers from the South Carolina Employment and Labor Department show that there were record-breaking charges during Thanksgiving’s week.

SCDEW reports its first weekly bill since 1987. In the week ending November 27, we reported 776 claims. Not only was this the lowest number of weeks ever, but for the first time it was less than 1,000.

“We’ve been on the right track for some time, reporting historically low levels,” said Erica von Nessen, economist at the South Carolina Employment and Labor Department.

Von Nessen expected a reduction in complaints during Thanksgiving week, but she said these low levels were on track for some time.

“During Thanksgiving Week, most people weren’t thinking about submitting an unemployment allowance during that period, so we were hoping for a decline,” she said. “I don’t think I always expected it to be as low as it used to be.”

Prior to the pandemic, the department was charged about 2,000 to 2,500 unemployment benefits per week. Last year, these numbers increased significantly, approaching 3,000 claims. There was a decrease this year.

Prior to Thanksgiving, the department confirmed 1,200 to 1,500 complaints a week, which is already at a historically low level.

In Holly County, only 80 complaints were filed. According to von Nessen, it is lower than usual.

“During the peak of the shutdown in 2020, there were thousands of complaints a week,” she said. “Currently, 80 is a great number in terms of economic recovery.”

Von Nessen said most industries in South Carolina have recovered from the pandemic. For those who struggled with leisure and hospitality, she said it was also slowly bouncing back.

“Especially that industry is the farthest industry to fully regain all the lost work,” she said. “They still have about 8-10% of those jobs that haven’t returned or haven’t been filled yet.”

According to Von Nessen, it’s normal for delays in submissions to significantly increase complaints from Thanksgiving breaks, but she said there was nothing to panic.

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