How states fared on unemployment aid claims

AP News
Posted: Jan 19, 2012 3:28 PM
How states fared on unemployment aid claims

Weekly unemployment benefit applications plunged last week to the lowest level in nearly four years, the latest sign the job market is improving.

Here are the states with the biggest changes in unemployment benefit applications, and some reasons for the changes. The state data are for the week ending Jan. 7, when applications rose. That's one week behind the national data.

States with the biggest increases:

New York: Up 29,389, due to layoffs in the transportation, education, and construction industries

California: Up 22,168, due to layoffs in services agriculture and fishing

Texas: Up 13,946, due to layoffs in manufacturing and services

North Carolina: Up 7,865, due to layoffs in the textiles and electronics industries

Georgia: Up 7,225, due to layoffs in the manufacturing, services, trade and construction industries

Pennsylvania: Up 6,441, due to layoffs in construction, services and retail

Tennessee: Up 6,289, due to layoffs in the service, construction and recreation industries

States with the biggest decreases:

Wisconsin: Down 7,657, no reason given

Michigan: Down 5,208, no reason given

Iowa: Down 4,675, due to fewer layoffs in manufacturing

New Jersey: Down 4,667, due to fewer layoffs in services, transportation and warehousing, and manufacturing

Kentucky: Down 3,577, no reason given