The number of South Carolinians who filed their initial claim for unemployment insurance benefits last week was 29,446, a decrease of 3,067 initial claims from the week before.
This is the fifth decrease recorded since mid-March.
In the last nine weeks, the total number of initial claims has risen to 515,595 in South Carolina.
The agency has paid more than $1.35 billion in a combination of state unemployment benefits and CARES Act programs.
The new claims include:
• Orangeburg County – 623
• Bamberg County– 71
• Calhoun County– 47
The U. S. Labor Department said Thursday more than 2.4 million people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week. All told, the running total of Americans who have lost their jobs in the two months since the coronavirus led to a near shutdown of the economy has climbed to 38.6 million
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