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Op-ed column: The long green line

Jobless benefit eligibility becomes years-long adventure

Shaun Banner/For The Sunday Gazette
Shaun Banner/For The Sunday Gazette
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On Jan. 15, 2009, my unemployment adventure began when I was laid off at the peak of the recession from a full-time job with benefits. I was 50 years old and, as time passed and no replacement job could be found, I became what some have called a “beached white male.” Collecting New York state unemployment benefits is more blessing than curse, but it is not an easy or a simple process. Still, the system ...

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