How states fared on unemployment aid applications

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Posted: Jan 12, 2012 12:25 PM
How states fared on unemployment aid applications

Unemployment benefit applications jumped last week, largely because companies let go of thousands of temporary employees after the holiday season. Weekly applications rose by 24,000 to 399,000, the highest level in six weeks.

Here are the states with the biggest changes in the number of people seeking unemployment aid:

States with the biggest increases:

Michigan: Up 10,364, no reason given

Wisconsin: Up 10,203, no reason given

Pennsylvania: Up 8,135, due to layoffs in the transportation, construction, wood products and metal industries

New Jersey: Up 7,989, due to layoffs in services, transportation, manufacturing, retail and construction

New York: Up 7,746, due to layoffs in services, transportation and construction

Georgia: Up 7,707, due to layoffs in services, manufacturing, trade and construction

North Carolina: Up 6,849, due to layoffs in the construction, textile, service, apparel and furniture industries

States with the biggest drops:

California: Down 23,969, due to fewer layoffs in the construction, service and manufacturing industries

Illinois: Down 4,696, no reason given

Texas: Down 2,385, no reason given

Nevada: Down 1,590, due to fewer layoffs over the holiday

Kansas: Down 1,341, no reason given