How states fared on unemployment aid applications

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Posted: Mar 22, 2012 10:35 AM
How states fared on unemployment aid applications

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid fell to a four-year low last week, bolstering the view that the job market is strengthening.

Here are the states with the biggest decreases in applications. No state reported a large increase. The state data are for the week ended March 10, one week behind the national data.

States with the biggest decreases:

New York: Down 14,222, due to fewer layoffs in transportation, educational services and food services

California: Down 4,696, due to fewer layoffs in services

Illinois: Down 1,290, no reason given

Florida: Down 1,215, due to fewer layoffs in the construction, manufacturing, retail and service industries

Pennsylvania: Down 1,129, due to fewer layoffs in construction, professional services, transportation and health care