Fewer people applied for unemployment benefits last week, the fourth drop in five weeks, the Labor Department said Thursday. The total number of claims was the lowest since July and the second-lowest all year, a sign the job market could be improving.
Here's a look at the states with the biggest drops in new jobless claims, and the reasons. No state reported an increase of over 1,000 claims.
The state data is for the week ending Oct. 16, one week behind the nationwide figures.
States with the largest drops in claims:
California: Down 13,701, due to fewer layoffs in the service industry
North Carolina: Down 6,607, due to fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, transportation, textile and lumber industries
New York: Down 6,382, due to fewer layoffs in construction and services
Pennsylvania: Down 5,248, due to fewer layoffs in construction, trade and services
Texas: Down 4,385, due to fewer layoffs in services and manufacturing.