How states fared on unemployment aid applications

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Posted: Oct 27, 2011 10:46 AM
How states fared on unemployment aid applications

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