South Carolina immediately will receive $97 million in federal funds for unemployed workers, U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis announced Tuesday.
The money will allow the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce for the first time to provide jobless benefits to part-time workers and those who are out of work caring for a sick family member.
Solis said the funds are vital to working families and will be good for the state's economic recovery.
U.S. Rep. James Clyburn said South Carolina is doing a lot to make jobs available for its citizens, but the money will be important as unemployed workers look for the right fit.
"These funds are going to be very, very important so people, while they are transitioning to new employment, can get assistance," he said.