Unemployment benefits running out for thousands of South Carolinians
Approximately 60,000 unemployed South Carolinians will no longer be eligible for any unemployment benefits starting Wednesday.
South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce says that includes both federal and state benefits.
South Carolina is one of more than 20 states rolling back federal unemployment benefits before the national September deadline. Gov. Henry McMaster says his decision to do that is already starting to bring people back to work and shrinking the state labor shortage.
SNAP emergency benefits expire soon
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program’s additional federally approved emergency benefits are set to end in August.
The South Carolina Department of Social Services says all families who are part of the program have been getting the maximum benefit allowed since the pandemic began March 2020.
The emergency allotments are set to end on Aug. 1 and SCDSS says recipients will go back to receiving regular monthly benefits.
Approximately 295,000 households, representing 610,000 clients, are currently receiving SNAP in South Carolina, the department said.
SCDSS says the month of July has been approved by the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Services as South Carolina’s ‘transition’ month, prior to going back to normal SNAP benefit allotments for all households.