How states fared on unemployment benefits

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Posted: Jul 21, 2011 3:25 PM
How states fared on unemployment benefits

More people sought unemployment benefits last week, evidence that layoffs are rising and the job market is weak.

Applications for unemployment benefits rose by 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 418,000, the Labor Department said Thursday.

Here are the states with the biggest changes in applications. The data is for the week ending July 9, one week behind the national data.

States with the biggest increases:

New York: Up 20,599, due to layoffs in education-related services and transportation

Minnesota: Up 9,681, due to layoffs stemming from the state government shutdown

Michigan: Up 9,030, due to layoffs in the auto and service industries

Florida: Up 7,544, due to layoffs in services, agriculture, construction, manufacturing and retail

Ohio: Up 5,839, due to layoffs in autos and manufacturing

Indiana: Up 2,932, due to layoffs in manufacturing and services

States with the biggest decreases:

California: Down 15,751, due to fewer layoffs in services

New Jersey: Down 7,486, due to fewer layoffs in education and retail

Massachusetts: Down 3,008, due to fewer layoffs in transportation and services

Illinois: Down 1,399, no reason given

Connecticut: Down 1,316, no reason given

Rhode Island: Down 1,077, due to fewer layoffs in manufacturing and services