If you're one of a number of Tri Citians who are getting unemployment benefits, they are going to be reduced soon--because of the unemployment rate.

Many do not know that the length of benefits are tied directly to a state's unemployment benefits.  While Washington still has a significant number of people without jobs, because the rate has ticked down into the upper 8's,  the length of benefits is being reduced from 99 to 73 weeks.    That means by April 21st, about 12,500 people in our state will have their benefits expire.   According to the Employment Security Department,  around 175,000 people are currently drawing unemployment currently.   The state is urging people who are facing the reduction or losing their benefits to immediately contact their local Work Source office to receive additional assistance in finding work.