COLUMBIA — People who want in-person help with their unemployment benefits may have a longer drive starting Feb. 19.
The Department of Employment and Workforce is reducing its offices for unemployment services from 56 to 39.
Agency spokeswoman Adrienne Fairwell says clients can still get services online or by calling a toll-free number. But for face-to-face help, many rural residents will need to go to a different office.
The offices won’t close. Fairwell says SC Works career centers will remain at the locations.
The agency says a loss of federal funds led to the change. The agency laid off 55 people last October. An additional 75 jobs have been cut.
The agency says affected clients have been notified by mail.
McCormick, Edgefield, Allendale and Bamberg counties will be affected by the closures, according to the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce Web site.
Residents living in these counties who require in-person services will use the following locations:
• McCormick: Greenwood office, 519 Monument St., Greenwood, S.C.
• Edgefield: Aiken office, 1571 Richland Ave. E., Aiken, S.C.
• Allendale: Barnwell office, 248 Wall St., Barnwell, S.C.
• Bamberg: Orangeburg office, 1804 Joe S. Jeffords Highway, Orangeburg, S.C.