MEDIA ADVISORY: Press conference Friday urges jobless benefits extension

WHAT: Press conference on the need for a federal extension of unemployment insurance
WHO: The North Carolina Justice Center. Speakers will include policy experts and unemployed workers
WHERE: Terry Sanford Federal Building and Courthouse, 310 New Bern Avenue Raleigh
WHEN: 2:00 p.m.

RALEIGH (February 8, 2012) - The North Carolina Justice Center will host a press conference on Friday, Feb. 10, to address the need for a federal extension of unemployment insurance.

Unemployment insurance benefits are crucial to helping families avoid financial disaster by providing modest support to families as they search for work. Millions of hardworking Americans are at risk of being cut off of unemployment insurance unless Congress acts to renew the federal program, which is set to expire at the end of February.

The press conference will feature testimonies by advocates and unemployed workers who have relied on unemployment benefits to meet their basic needs while they look for a new job.

Experts say these supports help bolster the economy by giving families dollars to spend locally. This is critical given the significant gap between the number of jobs available and the number of workers looking for employment in North Carolina.

Speakers will include policy experts and unemployed workers. The press conference will occur at 2 p.m. on Feb. 10 in front of the Terry Sanford Federal Building and Courthouse, 310 New Bern Avenue in Raleigh.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeff Shaw, Director of Communications, NC Justice Center, jeff@ncjustice.org, 503.551.3615 (cell).