Fewer people applied for unemployment benefits last week, though the number of applications remains high. Applications fell 6,000 to 422,000, but that's far above the 375,000 level that signals sustained job growth.
Below are the states with the biggest increases and decreases in applications. The data is for the week ending May 21, one week behind the national figures.
States with the largest declines:
Alabama: Down 1,448, due to fewer layoffs in the service, apparel and manufacturing industries
Oregon: Down 1,104, no reason given
States with the biggest increases in applications:
California: Up 7,053, due to layoffs in the service industry
Massachusetts: Up 1,948, due to layoffs in construction and services
South Carolina: Up 1,066, due to layoffs in services
Wisconsin: Up 1,019, due to layoffs in the manufacturing and service industries