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Mass. feels pinch on federal workers

Pay losses have wide impact

The automatic budget cuts known as sequestration are forcing thousands of federal workers in Massachusetts to take unpaid furloughs, curtailing services, cutting incomes, and stifling economic growth and job creation in the state, analysts say.

Employees are losing as much as 30 percent of their salaries to comply with a law aimed at reducing the federal deficit. They include engineers and civilian employees at the Army’s Natick laboratories, scores of Internal Revenue Service workers, and thousands of civilian employees at Hanscom Air Force Base, many of whom work on national security programs.

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