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I have made up the example below.

(1) I was unemployed for two months starting six months ago.

Most of my non-native English speaking friends think "starting from a particular time" only works for future events. For example,

(2) Starting this week, we will be laying off more employees.

Do you think (1) is wrong and (2) is correct? Thank you for your help.

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ansonguy(1) I was unemployed for two months starting six months ago.

I scratch my head trying to figure out the situation. This is much better:

I was unemployed in September and October last year. 
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ansonguyMost of my non-native English speaking friends think "starting from a particular time" only works for future events.

No. That's not the problem.

The highway was expanded between Georgetown and Ellendale starting in 1946.

ansonguy(1) I was unemployed for two months starting six months ago.

That's OK, but in "real life" I think we'd make it less complicated by stating the starting time more precisely.

I was unemployed for two months starting last October.

OR, even more precisely,

I became unemployed last October, but I found work (again) in December.

CJ