Audit: ESC didn't warn lawmakers of problems

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A report on South Carolina's unemployment agency says its leadership did nothing to head off the need to borrow more than $700 million to keep jobless benefits flowing.

The Legislative Audit Council report released Tuesday says the Employment Security Commission was paying $2 million a day more than it had as early as 2001.

[Read the Legislative Audit Council's ESC report.]

Auditors found no indication the legislature was informed by the commission before the middle of 2008. State law requires the commission to notify lawmakers when it is having financial difficulties.

The report comes as lawmakers look to overhaul the Employment Security Commission. Gov. Mark Sanford has made the overhaul a top priority for his last year in office.

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