Weekly US unemployment benefit applications were largely unchanged last week, a sign hiring will likely continue at a modest pace. The number of people seeking benefits dipped 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 370,000.
Here are the states with the biggest increases and decreases in applications. The state data is for the week ended May 12, one week behind the national figures.
States with the biggest decreases:
California: Down 3,478, due to fewer layoffs in the service, agriculture, forestry and fishing industries
New York: Down 3,094, due to fewer layoffs in construction, professional services and retail
Missouri: Down 2,111, due to fewer layoffs in manufacturing
Texas: Down 1,446, no reason given
Illinois: Down 1,316, no reason given
States with the biggest increases:
North Carolina: Up 1,956, due to layoffs in the furniture and fixtures, textiles and other industries