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Long-term joblessness hits older workers hard

Time is not on their side

Lee Bodzioch kept hearing that the economy was ­improving, so he redoubled his efforts to find a job, sending out résumés by the dozen and spending thousands of dollars to sharpen his technology skills in ­courses at Boston University.

But at age 57 — with decades of experience and professional connections — he feels shut out. After two years of unemployment, phone calls from prospective employers are increasingly rare. He has had one interview in the last seven months.

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