People who have lost their jobs due to Hurricane Florence can sign up for unemployment insurance benefits Wednesday at a mobile office in Florence County. The deadline for Florence County residents to sign up for Disaster Unemployment Assistance is Nov. 2. Additionally, individuals can use the services of the mobile unit to search for work or apply for regular unemployment insurance benefits.

On Wednesday a mobile unit on loan to South Carolina by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development will be stationed at:

Belk Shopping Center

269 N. Ron McNair Blvd.

Lake City, SC 29560 (Florence County)

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

If an individual’s job has been affected by Hurricane Florence and they have internet access, they can go to and click the MyBenefits Login in the top right corner to apply through the unemployment insurance (UI) benefits system. For help, call 1-866-831-1724.

Residents have 30 days after the declaration of a federal disaster to apply for disaster unemployment assistance through the Department of Employment and Workforce. The deadlines for the declared counties are:

  • Oct. 24, 2018 for Dillon, Horry, Marion and Marlboro counties.
  • Oct. 25, 2018 for Chesterfield County.
  • Oct. 26, 2018 for Georgetown County.
  • Nov. 2, 2018 for Darlington and Florence counties.

The federally funded disaster unemployment insurance program makes funds available to assist people who became unemployed as a direct result of Hurricane Florence. It also is available to small business owners and the self-employed, including 1099 contract workers, who lost personal income due to the disaster.

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