SC lawmakers review Employment Security Commission

      Lawmakers have begun a review of the South Carolina Employment Security Commission.

      The State reported a seven-member House committee started work Tuesday.

      The commission runs the unemployment benefits program and calculates the state's monthly unemployment rate.

      The recession drained South Carolina's $1 billion unemployment benefits trust fund and the state has been forced to borrow $622 million from the federal government to pay benefits.

      The commission governed by a three-member panel also has been criticized for not alerting lawmakers to a law change needed to allow extended unemployment benefits.

      The General Assembly made those changes in a special meeting in October.

      The committee plans two more meetings this month.

      Information from: The State,