Monday, January 11, 2021 Charleston County Library

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Starting with claim week ending January 2, 2021, claimants who are eligible to receive at least $1 of an unemployment program will also receive an additional $300 on top of their weekly benefit amount. This supplemental Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) payment, made available by the recent passing of the Continued Assistance for Unemployed Workers Act, will be provided to eligible claimants through claim week ending March 13, 2021. The agency was able to begin this first phase of the Continued Assistance for Unemployed Workers Act so quickly because:

· US Department of Labor (US DOL) made FPUC money available to states at the start of 2021.

· Additional benefits were paid overnight only to individuals on a continued claim who have not exhausted their eligible weeks. This is the first group of claimants who will receive these benefits.

 · Eligible claimants will begin to receive benefits for the claim week ending January 2, 2021. There are not prior weeks of $300 available through this program.

· Individuals receiving the $300 have already been processed through the agency’s enhanced security system and identification process.

· This addition could be programmed into the system in a way that was very similar to the $600 FPUC program that was built into the system in 2020.

· DEW received US DOL guidance to proceed with this phase of the act. DEW is continuing to work through the guidance as it is issued from USDOL and will implement the various programs in phases as quickly as possible.

As DEW continues to get final guidance, the organization will begin paying the additional add groups who have already exhausted the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) or Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) programs, including the $300 FPUC benefits.

For free public access to computers and tools to guide in the employment search process, job seekers can visit any Charleston County Public Library open for in-person services or access the job-seeking tools page on our website, Let Us Help: Resources for Employment, Small Business, Finances, and More.  Additionally, our library staff can provide information on how to access materials and instructions for conducting a job search at the SC WORKS website, filing for unemployment at the SC DEW Website and information on where to locate SC Works Centers if they need more in-depth assistance with their job search.

With a little bit of practice and self-patience, you will be ready to take on the next steps in your future career.  If you would like more information about how to apply for jobs online, assistance in finding resources, tips on how to get the job-hunting process started or more, please reach out to us at CCPL by email, chat, or text. Remember, you are not alone.