S.C. Makes It Harder To Get Unemployment Benefits

South Carolina unemployment benefits
South Carolina unemployment benefits

By Seanna Adcox


COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A state with chronically high unemployment is making it tougher for the jobless to draw benefits by trying to force people to take lower-wage jobs and making it easier for laid-off workers to be declared ineligible.

New policies at South Carolina's Department of Employment and Workforce require people to accept job offers that pay incrementally less than their previous wages - eventually leading to minimum wage - and reducing the number of weeks someone let go for misconduct can receive benefits.