Changes in unemployment benefits by state

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Posted: Apr 14, 2011 4:00 PM
Changes in unemployment benefits by state

The number of people seeking benefits increased by 27,000 to 412,000. The four-week average of applications, a less volatile measure, rose to 395,750.

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

States with the biggest increases:

Massachusetts: Up 2,575 due to more layoffs the state blamed on "administrative factors." It did not elaborate.

Pennsylvania: Up 1,606 due to more layoffs in construction, trade, services and transportation industries.

Ohio: Up 1,094 due to more layoffs in the construction and transportation industries.

Illinois: Up 1,013 due to more layoffs in the construction, transportation and warehousing industries.

States with the biggest decreases:

California: Down 8,095. A state holiday shortened the work week, causing fewer unemployment applications to be processed.

Texas: Down 2,913 due to fewer layoffs in the transportation, services and manufacturing industries.

Florida: Down 1,731 due to fewer layoffs in construction, trade, services and manufacturing industries.