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SC lawmakers review Employment Security Commission

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - Lawmakers have begun a review of the South Carolina Employment Security Commission.

The State reported a seven-member House committee started work Tuesday.

The commission runs the unemployment benefits program and calculates the state's monthly unemployment rate.

The recession drained South Carolina's $1 billion unemployment benefits trust fund and the state has been forced to borrow $622 million from the federal government to pay benefits.

The commission governed by a three-member panel also has been criticized for not alerting lawmakers to a law change needed to allow extended unemployment benefits. The General Assembly made those changes in a special meeting in October.

The committee plans two more meetings this month.

Information from: The State, http://www.thestate.com

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