Nearly 60,000 Massachusetts residents will lose unemployment benefits Saturday when the federal extension program expires, even as joblessness remains historically high and long-term unemployment hovers near record levels.
Across the country, more than 1.3 million jobless workers across will be cut off from benefits because Congress ended for the year without reauthorizing the extensions as part of the recent bipartisan budget deal. Democratic leaders say they will press to restore the emergency program when lawmakers return to Washington, but it remains unclear whether the Republican-controlled House will support another round of extensions.
If not, an additional 3.6 million people, including 141,000 in Massachusetts, would lose benefits next year.
“It’s unconscionable,” said John J. Drew, chief executive of Action for Boston Community Development. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.