How states fared on unemployment applications

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Posted: Aug 04, 2011 10:22 AM
How states fared on unemployment applications

Slightly fewer people applied for unemployment benefits last week, a sign the job market may be improving slowly.

Applications ticked down 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 400,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, fell for the fifth straight week to 407,750.

Below are the states with the biggest drops in claims. No states reported increases above 1,000. The data is for the week ending July 23, one week behind the national data:

States with the biggest declines:

California: Down 23,689, due to fewer layoffs in the service industry

New York: Down 8,037, due to fewer layoffs in education-related services, transportation, and construction

North Carolina: Down 7,511, due to fewer layoffs in the furniture, textile, lumber and construction industries

Georgia: Down 6,399, fewer layoffs in the manufacturing, service, trade and construction industries

South Carolina: Down 5,387, due to fewer layoffs in manufacturing

Florida: Down 5,432, due to fewer layoffs in agriculture, manufacturing, construction and services

Michigan: Down 5,188, due to fewer layoffs in manufacturing

Alabama: Down 4,830, due to fewer layoffs in transportation, textile, construction, and apparel

Kentucky: Down 4,113, no reason given