The number of people seeking unemployment benefits dipped slightly last week, though not by enough to suggest that hiring is picking up.
Weekly applications for unemployment benefits declined 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 402,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That's the fourth drop in six weeks.
Here are the states with the largest increases and decreases. The state data is for the week ended Oct. 15, one week behind the national data.
States with the biggest drops:
California: Down 8,942, due to fewer layoffs in the service industries
New York: Down 7,273, due to fewer layoffs in transportation, services, and public administration
Texas: Down 3,489, no reason given
Pennsylvania: Down 3,258, no reason given
Georgia: Down 2,740, due to fewer layoffs in the trade, service, manufacturing and healthcare industries
Illinois: Down 2,525, no reason given
States with the biggest increases:
Wisconsin: Up 1,193, no reason given
South Carolina: Up 1,189, due to layoffs in manufacturing