How US states fared on jobless aid applications

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Posted: Mar 29, 2012 1:56 PM
How US states fared on jobless aid applications

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dropped last week to the lowest level in four years, adding to evidence that the job market is strengthening. Applications dropped 5,000 to a seasonally adjusted 359,000.

Here are the states with the biggest increases and decreases in applications. The state data is for the week ended March 17, one week behind the national data.

States with the biggest decreases:

New York: Down 3,103, due to fewer layoffs in the manufacturing, construction and retail industries

Texas: Down 1,787, no reason given

Pennsylvania: Down 1,606, due to fewer layoffs in manufacturing, professional services, construction and retail

California: Down 1,603, no reason given

Ohio: Down 1,419, no reason given

Georgia: Down 1,395, due to fewer layoffs in manufacturing, construction and administrative services

States with the biggest increases:

Florida: Up 1,876, due to layoffs in agriculture, construction, manufacturing and retail