How states fared on unemployment aid applications

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Posted: Jan 05, 2012 11:25 AM
How states fared on unemployment aid applications

The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell in the final week of 2011 for the fourth time in five weeks. That pushed the four-week average to its lowest level in three and a half years, a positive sign for hiring a day ahead of Friday's December jobs report.

Here are the states with the biggest increases and decreases in applications. The state-level data is for the week ended Dec. 24, one week behind the national data.

States with the biggest increases:

California: Up 16,490, due to layoffs in services

Pennsylvania: Up 6,764, due to layoffs in the construction, service, transportation and manufacturing industries

Michigan: Up 5,636, due to layoffs in the auto industry

Kentucky: Up 5,263, no reason give

Indiana: Up 5,084, due to layoffs in manufacturing, services and construction

Illinois: Up 4,206, due to layoffs in services, transportation, warehousing and construction

Ohio: Up 4,084, due to layoffs in transportation, manufacturing, and construction

States with the biggest drops:

Georgia: Down 1,105, due to fewer layoffs in the construction, service and manufacturing industries