PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Long-term federal unemployment benefits are due to expire for some 6,000 Rhode Islanders at the end of the month.

The state Department of Labor and Training is reminding claimants that the emergency unemployment compensation program will end on Dec. 28 if Congress takes no action. Since 2008, the federal program has provided extra benefits to those who have exhausted regular unemployment.

In Rhode Island there are four tiers of extended benefits for a maximum of 47 weeks.

After the program ends, job seekers may collect only regular benefits, which are available for 26 weeks. Those getting extended unemployment now won't be able to collect additional payments even if they haven't reached the maximum for which they are eligible.

Some in Congress are seeking to extend the program.

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