Extra jobless aid ends now for 1.3 million

Recovery feared to take hit

Posted: December 28, 2013 at 5:45 a.m.

Richard Mattos, 59, looks for jobs at a state-run employment center in Salem, Ore., on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013. Mattos is one of more than 1 million Americans who will lose federal unemployment benefits at year's end. (AP Photo/Jonathan J. Cooper)

WASHINGTON — More than 1 million Americans are bracing for a post-Christmas jolt as extended federal unemployment benefits end this weekend, entailing potentially significant implications for the recovering U.S. economy and setting up a battle when Congress reconvenes in the new year.

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