How states fared on unemployment aid applications

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Posted: Oct 06, 2011 2:23 PM
How states fared on unemployment aid applications

The number of people who applied for unemployment benefits rose slightly last week, a sign that the job market remains weak.

Weekly applications increased by 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 401,000, the Labor Department said Thursday.

Here are the states with the biggest changes in applications. The figures are for the week ended Sept. 24, one week behind the nationwide data:

States with the biggest drops:

Pennsylvania: Down 6,313, due to fewer layoffs in construction, service, and educational service industries

New York: Down 5,769, due to fewer layoffs in the construction, educational services and transportation industries

Georgia: Down 2,949, due to fewer layoffs in manufacturing, service, and construction industries

North Carolina: Down 1,885, due to fewer layoffs in the construction industry

Connecticut: Down 1,379, no reason given

States with the biggest increases:

Michigan: Up 1,740, due to layoffs in the auto industry

Alabama: Up 1,534, due to layoffs in the textile and trade industries