More people requested unemployment benefits last week, the second rise in three weeks. The increase suggests the jobs recovery will be slow and uneven. Applications had declined for about six months but have leveled off in April.
Below are states with the largest increases and decreases in applications. The state data is for the week ended April 16, one week behind the national data.
States with the largest decreases:
California: Down 18,017, due to fewer layoffs in services
North Carolina: Down 5,871, due to fewer layoffs in construction, transportation and warehousing
Pennsylvania: Down 4,925, due to fewer layoffs in construction, trade and services
Kentucky: Down 4,627, no reason given
Texas: Down 3,882, due to fewer layoffs in services, finance and manufacturing
Michigan: Down 3,412, no reason given
States with largest increases:
Florida: Up 2,753, due to layoffs in construction, trade and services