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For those long out of work, job prospects get worse

Unemployment carries a stigma

FRAMINGHAM — Roger Ahlfeld wakes up each morning at about 5:30, and before taking his first sip of coffee he grabs his iPad to check his e-mail.

He showers, shaves, checks his e-mail. He fixes breakfast, walks his daughter to the bus stop, and checks his e-mail. By the end of the day, Ahlfeld will have checked his e-mail dozens of times, unable to suppress the hope that his inbox will deliver a message from an interested recruiter, a date for an interview, or, at long last, a job offer.

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