Deborah Barrett, a 57-year-old accounting manager in Newport, R.I., is one of an estimated 1.3 million unemployed workers who will lose their unemployment benefits on December 28 because Congress failed to extend the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program.

A degreed accounting professional with 25 years of experience in the private and public sectors, and expertise in financial software management, Barrett was laid off from her job in February.

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