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Jobless benefits end, stranding thousands

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Unemployed chef Luis Gomez visited the state employment center Thursday, thinking that he had nearly a year before his unemployment checks stop coming.

He doesn’t. A federal program that extended jobless benefits expires on Saturday, immediately dumping more than 220,000 in California alone from long-term unemployment insurance rolls and lopping off nearly nine months of coverage for more recently unemployed workers such as Gomez.

He worries that won’t be enough time for him to find work. He’s…

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