Realtor Unemployment Benefits

Last Update: 4/6/20 at 8:34am

Update from the Dept. of Employment and Workforce: Self employed workers could be eligible under Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). 

The Department of Workforce & Employment (DEW) issued a press release detailing unemployment eligibility. Excerpts from the release are below. The full release is available here.

The S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce encourages employees who believe they may qualify for the additional $600 weekly benefit, available under the CARES Act, to file a claim. These individuals will also need to login into their account each week to confirm that they are still unemployed. This is known as Weekly Certification.

Although S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce does not yet have technical guidance or a start date for the CARES Act provisions, there are many types of individuals who would not normally qualify for unemployment insurance benefits, such self employed workers, that could be eligible under a program called Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).

Individuals who may be eligible include:

  • Individuals who file a 1099
  • Self-employed
  • Church employees
  • Non-profit and governmental employees
  • Independent contractors
  • Gig economy workers
  • Those who have exhausted their regular UI benefits


Claims can be filed online through the MyBenefits Portal on the agency’s website or by calling 1-866-831-1724. Patience is encouraged filing a claim.

For step-by-step instructions on how to file, visit the jobseeker page. There you will find links to video and PDF tutorials as well as FAQs to answer common questions.

Please stay-tuned, as we will relay any updates here.

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