How states fared on unemployment benefits

AP News
Posted: Oct 13, 2011 10:27 AM
How states fared on unemployment benefits

The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell slightly last week, a sign that the job market isn't improving much.

Weekly applications ticked down by 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 404,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. Applications need to fall below 375,000 to signal sustainable job growth.

Here are states with the biggest changes in applications, for the week ending Oct. 1. That's one week behind the national data:

States with the biggest decreases:

Alabama: Down 1,883, due to fewer layoffs in the textile and service industries

Michigan: Down 1,469, due to fewer layoffs in manufacturing

Florida: Down 1,175, due to fewer layoffs in agriculture, services, retail and construction

States with the biggest increases:

North Carolina: Up 3,354, due to layoffs in the construction, transportation and warehousing industries

California: Up 2,527, due to layoffs in services, fishing, agriculture, and forestry