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.