How states fared on unemployment aid applications

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Posted: Sep 15, 2011 5:45 PM
How states fared on unemployment aid applications

More people sought unemployment benefits last week, the third increase in the past four weeks and a sign that the job market remains depressed. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications rose by 11,000 to a seasonally adjusted 428,000.

States with the biggest increases:

Kansas: Up 1,969, due to layoffs in the transportation and electrical manufacturing industries

North Carolina: Up 1,450, due to layoffs in the furniture and fixtures, and transportation industries

Washington: Up 1,443, due to layoffs in the construction and manufacturing industries

New Jersey: Up 1,324, due to layoffs in construction, manufacturing, service and retail industries

Texas: Up 1,239, due to layoffs in education-related services, manufacturing and services

States with the biggest decreases:

New York: Down 2,854, due to few layoffs in transportation, education-related services and services

South Carolina: Down 2,118, due to fewer layoffs in manufacturing