Changes in unemployment benefits by state

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Posted: Apr 07, 2011 4:32 PM
Changes in unemployment benefits by state

Fewer people applied for unemployment benefits last week, a sign that employers are laying off fewer workers and may even be stepping up hiring. The number of people seeking benefits dropped by 10,000 to 382,000, the third decline in four weeks. The four-week average of applications, a less volatile measure, fell to 389,500, only 1,000 above a two-year low reached three weeks earlier.

Below are the states with the biggest increases and declines in applications:

States with the biggest drops:

North Carolina: Down 3,137, due to fewer layoffs in construction, trade and service industries

Massachusetts: Down 2,251, no reason given

Florida: Down 1,151, due to fewer layoffs in construction, trade, services and manufacturing

Georgia: Down 1,141, due to fewer layoffs in construction, trade, services and manufacturing

States with the biggest gains:

Texas: Up 3,866, due to layoffs in trade, services and manufacturing

California: Up 3,580, due to layoffs in manufacturing, agriculture, forestry and fishing

Oregon: Up 2,785, no reason given