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Jobless won't lose extended benefits

State law change ensures 79 weeks of coverage; Late fix could add $650m to economy

Felice Bochman played a game with her children, Max and Dominique, in their Brookline home. Bochman lost her job seven months ago. “I would be in serious trouble without these extended benefits,’’ Bochman said. Felice Bochman played a game with her children, Max and Dominique, in their Brookline home. Bochman lost her job seven months ago. “I would be in serious trouble without these extended benefits,’’ Bochman said. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff)
By Robert Gavin and Jenifer B. McKim
Globe Staff / July 21, 2009

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Massachusetts officials, realizing that up to 85,000 jobless residents would soon exhaust their federal unemployment benefits, engineered a last-minute change in state law that ensures that the payments keep flowing. (Full article: 658 words)

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