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      Jobless claims drop locally

      TRI-CITIES, -- Nationally, claims for unemployment are at a three month low.

      Just under 300,000 people asked for unemployment benefits in the US.

      Here in Benton and Franklin counties, our count is down by a third since October of last year.

      Washington state as a whole is down almost a quarter year over year.

      Jobless claims are typically a reliable measure of the labor market because they reflect the level of layoffs.
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