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On Christmas, their cushion will vanish

60,000 in state may lose assistance as Senate wrangles over an extension

“I never thought I’d be out this long,” said Jim MacPherson, 52, of Holbrook. He was laid off two years ago and exhausted his unemployment benefits two weeks ago. “I don’t see a lot of positives.” “I never thought I’d be out this long,” said Jim MacPherson, 52, of Holbrook. He was laid off two years ago and exhausted his unemployment benefits two weeks ago. “I don’t see a lot of positives.” (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)
By Robert Gavin and Megan Woolhouse
Globe Staff / December 1, 2010

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The expiration yesterday of the federal emergency unemployment program will leave as many as 60,000 Massachusetts residents without benefits this month — most can expect to be cut off on Christmas Day — unless Congress acts soon. (Full article: 939 words)

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