How states fared on unemployment benefits

AP News
|
Posted: Jul 07, 2011 9:27 AM
How states fared on unemployment benefits

The number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week fell to the lowest level in seven weeks. Applications dropped by 14,000 to seasonally adjusted 418,000, although that is still above levels consistent with a healthy economy.

Below are the states with the biggest changes in benefit applications. The figures are for the week ending June 25, one week behind the national figures.

States with the largest declines:

Pennsylvania: Down 4,974, due to fewer layoffs in the transportation, entertainment, and service industries

Puerto Rico: Down 1,332, no reason given

North Carolina: Down 1,316, due to fewer layoffs in the stone, clay, glass, concrete and textile industries, and in education

States with the biggest increases:

New Jersey: Up 6,827, due to layoffs in transportation, warehousing and educational services

California: Up 5,375, due to layoffs in services

Massachusetts: Up 3,816, due to layoffs in the transportation, trade and educational services industries

New York: Up 2,591, due to layoffs in services

Connecticut: Up 2,097, no reason given

Oregon: Up 1,236, due to layoffs in educational services