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January 10, 2014

Tierney unemployment proposal blocked

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Noting that people on unemployment typically spend their benefit money immediately, Democrats in the House Ways and Means Committee recently said that the cessation of benefits had cost the country’s economy $408 million — and the Massachusetts economy about $26 million — in just one week.

They arrived at those figures by multiplying the number of people who lost their benefits by the average weekly benefit — $444 in Massachusetts.

Neil H. Dempsey can be reached at ndempsey@salemnews.com.

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