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Extended jobless benefits end for 45,000 Mass. residents

Federal unemployment benefits for people unemployed more than 27 weeks expired Saturday, cutting off an estimated 45,000 Massachusetts residents as negotiations over the so-called fiscal cliff stalled.

Those affected are mostly the long-term unemployed, who will file their final claim this week. About 2 million people nationwide are expected to lose benefits, according to the National Employment Law Project.

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