Fewer people sought unemployment benefits last week, though the drop isn't enough to signal improvement in the job market. Weekly applications dropped 9,000 to a seasonally adjusted 423,000, the Labor Department said Thursday.
Here are the states with the biggest changes from for the week ended Sept. 10, one week behind the national data.
States with the biggest decreases:
Texas: Down 3,776, because Labor Day holiday meant fewer applications were filed that week
California: Down 3,321, due to fewer layoffs in services
Kansas: Down 2,733, no reason given
Illinois: Down 2,358, no reason given
Missouri: Down 1,419, due to fewer layoffs in manufacturing, services and construction
States with the biggest increases:
Pennsylvania: Up 3,662, no reason given
North Carolina: Up 1,699, due to layoffs in the textiles, construction, leather and lumber industries