Protest held in downtown for unemployment benefits

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - People out of work in the lowcountry joined a nationwide protest asking Congress to extend their unemployment benefits.

Members of the Charleston Labor Council held a vigil outside the unemployment office on Lockwood Boulevard in downtown.

A new report estimates more than 30,000 South Carolinians will lose their unemployment checks at the end of the month.

The group staged a protest to demand Congressman Tim Scott and other elected officials to take action now.

The average benefits provided by the federal extension amounts to $230 a week which covers a family's minimum expenses for survival.

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