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.