How Long Do I Have to Work For to Collect Unemployment in South Carolina?

To qualify for unemployment insurance in SC, you must have worked during at least two quarters of the base period. Your total base period earnings must be a minimum of $4,455 and at least 1.5 times your HQW. Your HQW must be a minimum of $1,092.

South Carolina offers an alternate base period, which considers the last four completed calendar quarters in the base period (instead of the first four); however, an extended base period is not offered.

In South Carolina an employer or employing unit is covered under unemployment insurance if it paid at least $1,500 in wages during any calendar quarter in the current or previous calendar year. Further, an employer/employing unit is also covered under unemployment insurance if it paid wages to at least one employee and employed said worker at least one day per week during the 20 weeks of the current or previous calendar year.


  • Samantha Turner

    Got military orders to move. After working my two week notice, I’ll have 29 days til I have to get to the other state. Am I eligible for unemployment?

    • Benefits are available for those who have been discharged, but generally not during furloughs. Talk to your base personnel people on available benefits for people in your situation. Are you sure you won’t be paid for this period? Seems odd you would be ordered to move but not paid during this period.

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