U.S. unemployment applications barely fell last week after a sharp rise the previous week. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, rose to the highest level in three months. That added to worries that hiring is slowing.
Here are the states with the biggest increases in unemployment benefit applications. No states reported a decrease above 1,000. The state data is for the week ending April 7, one week behind the national data.
States with the biggest increases:
Pennsylvania: Up 7,483, due to layoffs in the transportation, entertainment, food service and construction industries
California: Up 6,587, due to layoffs in the service industry
Washington: Up 5,985, due to layoffs in agriculture, transportation, warehousing, and hotels and restaurants
New Jersey: Up 5,735, due to layoffs in hotels and restaurants, transportation and warehousing, and public administration and education.
Indiana: Up 4,984, due to layoffs in plastic and rubber manufacturing
New York: Up 4,158, due to layoffs in construction, finance and insurance, and manufacturing
Texas: Up 3,632, due to layoffs in manufacturing, support services and transportation