The information below is reprinted from an announcement provided by the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce regarding payment of unemployment benefits to claimants.

Please read this important information about a change in the payment method for unemployment insurance benefits.  We know many Employers file unemployment claims on behalf of their employees,  so many of your employees may have questions about this change.

This email is to inform you that South Carolina is changing the debit card vendor for unemployment benefits. If a claimant currently receives unemployment benefits on a Bank of America debit card, this change will affect the manner in which they receive benefits.

Starting July 16, South Carolina will no longer issue Bank of America Debit Cards. Mid-July, Money Network® debit cards, will be issued by MetaBank®, N.A. Please watch your mail for the card.

Starting July 27, 2021, weekly unemployment benefits will no longer be loaded to Bank of America debit cards. Instead, your benefits will be loaded to your Money Network debit card. Claimants with a balance left on a Bank of America card can still use the card until October 30, 2021.

Claimants can choose to have benefits direct deposited into their personal checking account at any time by logging into the MyBenefits portal and navigating to the Change Personal Info tab. If claimants do not choose direct deposit as a payment method, they will automatically receive a new Money Network debit card.

For more information about Bank of America or Money Network debit cards, visit