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