How states fared on unemployment aid, at a glance

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Posted: Nov 17, 2011 10:16 AM
How states fared on unemployment aid, at a glance

The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level since April, a sign layoffs are easing and hiring may pick up.

Here are the states with the biggest changes in unemployment aid applications, and some reasons for the changes. The state data is for the week ending Nov. 5, one week behind the national data:

States with the biggest increases:

Michigan: Up 3,106, due to layoffs in the construction and service industries

Illinois: Up 2,516, due to layoffs in the construction, service and trade industries

Texas: Up 2,335, due to layoffs in the manufacturing, service and finance industries

Washington: Up 2,278, no reason given

Pennsylvania: Up 2,261, due to layoffs in the service, entertainment and construction industries

Connecticut: Up 1,808, no reason given

New Jersey: Up 1,754, due to layoffs in the service, manufacturing and healthcare industries

Massachusetts: Up 1,563, due to layoffs in the transportation industry

States with the biggest declines:

Florida: Down 1,896, due to fewer layoffs in agriculture, construction, manufacturing and retail