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Early Halt of Federal Jobless Aid Upheld in South Carolina Court

Oct. 13, 2021, 7:30 PM

The early halt of enhanced federal jobless aid in South Carolina didn’t violate state law, contrary to the claims of unemployed people who argued state officials are required to secure all available unemployment benefits, according to a South Carolina Supreme Court opinion.

South Carolina was one of more than 25 states that ended some or all of the federal government’s pandemic-response unemployment benefits weeks or months earlier than the Sept. 6 expiration date set by Congress. Gov. Henry McMaster (R) announced on May 6 his decision to halt the benefits, effective June 30.

It also was among more than a ...

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