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