SC unemployment agency sending bills for $542,000

Associated Press

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - Nearly 400 nonprofits and local governments will receive bills totaling $542,000 after South Carolina's unemployment agency mistakenly undercharged employers for three quarters.

The Department of Employment and Workforce is notifying employers this week of a computer programming error that resulted in $8.6 million worth of paid-out benefits not being properly recorded.

The agency says the error stems from 2008, when the unemployed were allowed to file for benefits on weekends. However, the program that generates quarterly statements still operated under business days. So quarters that ended over weekends missed two days' worth of filings.

That first happened Dec. 31, 2011.

The bills are going to employers that pay as they lay off people.

The agency says few businesses that pay unemployment insurance taxes will see higher bills for 2013.

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