Superstorm Sandy caused a spike in the number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits last week. Applications surged by 78,000 to a seasonally adjusted 439,000, the highest level in 18 months. Economists say the increase is temporary and applications should fall in a few weeks after the storm's impact fades.
Here are the states with the biggest increases and decreases in applications. The state-by-state figures are for the week ended Nov. 3.
States with the biggest increases:
Pennsylvania: Up 7,766, due to layoffs in the construction, transportation, manufacturing and food and beverage industries
Ohio: Up 6,450, due to layoffs in the automobile and manufacturing industries
New Jersey: Up 5,675, as Superstorm Sandy caused temporary job losses in construction, hotels and restaurants, and manufacturing
Michigan: Up 2,373, no reason given
Connecticut: Up 1,783, due to applications caused by Superstorm Sandy.
North Carolina: Up 1,725, due to layoffs in the metal, textile, machinery and restaurant industries
States with the biggest decreases:
California: Down 8,149, due to fewer layoffs in services and other industries
New York: Down 2,241, due to fewer layoffs in retail and healthcare. Power outages from Hurricane Sandy prevented state from receiving some applications.