Workforce commission readies for unemployment rush

By Bob Behanian  bio | email

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -This past week congress extended long term unemployment benefits. To handle the large amount of traffic expected, workforce employment offices opened on a Saturday.

Some may have expected the lines at workforce centers to be long. But by 10:30 a.m. there were no lines at all. Jim Coles is Charleston's Area Director. He says that could be a sign that people didn't wait until Saturday to file.

"For a lot of folks unemployment is their livelihood. The agency had been telling them to keep filing," said Coles.

The center was open from 8 a.m. To 12 p.m. Coles says there was a rush of about 70 people at 8 o'clock. Then the line that usually forms disappeared.

Coles said, "These are folks that did not file for the extension or they let their extension lapse."

Those who filed on Saturday can expect to see a check within a month.

"Probably about two to four weeks depending on what their situation is," added Coles.

Those who forgot to file on Saturday aren't out of luck.

Coles said, "Come into the office, our regular hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. We will go ahead and take care of you."