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