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45,000 Mass. residents to feel pinch of federal cutbacks

About 45,000 Massachusetts residents who have been unemployed for at least six months will see their unemployment benefits shrink by the end of the month due to automatic federal cutbacks that went into effect recently because of a stalemate in Congress.

Massachusetts officials said they are mailing letters Saturday to alert these workers that their benefits will drop about 13 percent, or $50 a week on average, as a result of across-the-board cuts known as sequestration. Nationwide, about 2 million long-term unemployed are affected.

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