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Thomas Gipson, of Atlanta, right, has his resume looked over by Ralph Brown, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, during a job fair at the VFW Post 2681, Marietta, Ga. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits tumbled 23,000 last week to 298,000, nearly a six-year low that shows companies are laying off fewer workers.

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