The number of people seeking unemployment benefits was little changed for the second straight week, stuck at a high level that points to a slowing job market.
Applications edged up by 1,000 to 427,000, the Labor Department said. That was the ninth straight week applications remained above 400,000. The weekly applications figures need to drop to about 375,000 to signal sustainable job growth.
The state data is for the week ending May 28, one week behind the national data.
States with the biggest increases:
New York: Up 3,187, due to layoffs in construction, manufacturing and services
Oregon: Up 1,508, no reason given
Missouri: Up 1,158, reflecting the impact of devastating tornadoes, and layoffs in construction and services
Illinois: Up 1,081, due to layoffs in construction, trade and service industries
States with the biggest declines:
California: Down 1,614, no reason given
Wisconsin: Down 1,032, no reason given