TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas announced Friday it will stop providing extended unemployment benefits to residents in early January as a result of the improving state economy.

State Department of Labor officials said the 13-week, federally funded extended unemployment program would end Jan. 7 because the Kansas unemployment rate has improved enough that the state no longer qualifies for the money.

Residents can still get 26 weeks of regular state unemployment benefits and an additional 47 weeks of federally funded benefits. Those programs aren't affected by Kansas' improving unemployment rate.

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