Occupy Columbia Speaks Up for Unemployed
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Occupy Columbia calls on SC’s congressional delegation to vote to extend unemployment insurance benefits before Dec. 31.
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.
For jobless South Carolinians, and local communities hit hard by long-term unemployment, not extending these weekly benefits ($230 average) will remove more than $7 million a week from our local economy. Jobless workers should not pay the price for Wall Street’s recklessness.