Most of Massachusetts' 209,200 workers receiving unemployment compensation are white men between 45 and 54 years old, according to state officials. And nearly one in four of them have college degrees, like Pembroke resident Neal Bowler. "When you're out of work, you're never off the clock," said Bowler, 52, who is busy networking and interviewing following a layoff from 25 years as a telecommunications project manager. Shifting gears so fast, he said, requires flexibility and a willingness to learn, change and grow. It’s not easy. But it’s necessary.
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