30,400 unemployed South Carolinians may lose unemployment insurance

Media Advisory for December 8, 2011
Contact : Jenny Patterson 843-270-1308
RE: March and Press Conference Dec. 8, SC Dept. of Employment & Workforce

30,400 unemployed South Carolinians may lose unemployment insurance

Unless Congress acts now, lifeline aid for nearly 2 million US workers who have lost jobs will be cut off Dec. 31 as the extended unemployment insurance benefits expire. In South Carolina alone, 30,400 will lose unemployment benefits. Community Members call on SC's congressional delegation to extend unemployment insurance benefits before Dec. 31.

Clergy, community leaders, unemployed workers and concerned working families will hold a press conference and pray for the extension of unemployment insurance outside of the S.C. Dept. of Employment office.

For jobless South Carolinians, and local communities hit hard by long-term unemployment, not extending these weekly benefits ($230 average) will remove over $7 million a week from our local economy.

Jobs with Justice, Greater Columbia Labor Council, SC Progressive Network, Occupy Columbia, and the SC AFL-CIO will lead a march from the State House at 4pm to the SC DEW office for prayer and stories highlighting the struggles of the unemployed.

“Without unemployment insurance, I wouldn’t be able to keep food on the table or a roof over my family’s head,” said Albertha Glover, a “cutback” teacher who has been searching for work since August 2010, “and it worries me to think about what would happen in South Carolina if Congress doesn’t act now to help struggling families.”

WHO: Unemployed workers and community leaders of the Columbia area
WHAT: 4pm March from State House to SC DEW office for 4:30 pm press conference and prayer
WHEN: December 8, 2011
WHERE: SC Dept. of Employment and Workforce 700 Taylor St. Columbia, SC
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