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Voices of California's unemployed

by Take Two®

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Unemployed father of two, Michael Lopez waits for work outside a temporary labor office in the Southern Californian town of El Centro, a town of 50,000 people where 30.4 percent of the work-age population are without employment, on October 28, 2010. Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

More than 400,000 Californians looking for work will find themselves struggling even more, starting this Sunday. That's the number of people in the state collecting federal unemployment benefits, and sequestration means the benefit on new filings will be cut by nearly 18 percent. 

If you're already living with a tightened belt, it'll have you thinking, "What else can I possibly cut back on?"

Take Two reached out to Californians collecting federal unemployment benefits, and asked what this cut means for them.

Elizabeth Pineda, 34, has been on unemployment for 14 months.  Jack Hodges, 54, has been out of work since last November. And Maria Casas, 50, has collected unemployment benefits since February 2012.

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