Activists call for unemployment benefit extension

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Activists in South Carolina are hoping to draw attention to the issue of unemployment insurance.

Representatives from Jobs with Justice, the Greater Columbia Labor Council, the South Carolina Progressive Network, Occupy Columbia and the South Carolina AFL-CIO are scheduled to march on Thursday from the Statehouse in Columbia to the state Department of Employment and Workforce.

The groups say more than 30,000 people in South Carolina will lose unemployment benefits at the end of this year without an extension from Congress.

Organizers say the groups plan to hold a news conference after the march and to pray that the benefits are extended.

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