How states fared on unemployment aid, at a glance

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Posted: Apr 21, 2011 2:51 PM
How states fared on unemployment aid, at a glance

The number of people applying for unemployment benefits fell last week to a seasonally adjusted 403,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, rose for the second straight week to 399,000. No states reported decreases above 1,000. Below are the states with the biggest increases in benefit applications.

States reporting the biggest increases:

California: Up 25,646, due to the clearance of a backlog of applications from the previous week, which included a state holiday

North Carolina: Up 6,041, due to layoffs in the construction, trade, transportation and warehousing industries

Kentucky: Up 5,202, no reason given

Texas: Up 5,108, due to layoffs in the services and manufacturing industries

Florida: Up 4,299, due to layoffs in construction, trade, services and manufacturing

Georgia: Up 4,278, due to layoffs in the construction, trade and services industries

Pennsylvania: Up 3,418, due to layoffs in the construction and service industries