How states fared on unemployment aid applications

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Posted: Nov 23, 2011 10:10 AM
How states fared on unemployment aid applications

The number of people applying for unemployment benefits edged up slightly last week after two months of steady declines.

The four-week average of applications, a less volatile measure, fell to its lowest level since April. That suggests companies are cutting fewer workers.

Here are the states with the biggest changes in applications. The state-level data is for the week ended Nov. 12, one week behind the nationwide data:

State with the biggest increase:

Indiana: Up 2,251, due to layoffs in the manufacturing industry

States with the biggest decreases:

California: Down 9,382, due to fewer layoffs in the service industry

Pennsylvania: Down 3,994, no reason given

Texas: Down 2,831, no reason given

Massachusetts: Down 2,223, due to fewer layoffs in services

New York: Down 2,161, due to fewer layoffs in construction, health care and manufacturing

Washington: Down 1,473, no reason given