Weekly unemployment benefit applications fell last week for the first time in five weeks. The Labor Department said Thursday that applications dropped by 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 377,000.
No states had a big decrease in applications. Here are the states that had the biggest increases. The figures are for the week ended May 26, one week behind the national data.
States with an increase in claims of more than 1,000:
_Georgia, up 2,078, due to layoffs in manufacturing, health care and social assistance, educational service and the administrative and support service industries.
_Tennessee, up 1,983, due to layoffs in administrative, transportation, food service, educational service and social assistance industries.
_ Missouri, up 1,898, due to layoffs in the accommodation and food service, transportation and warehousing industries.
_Illinois, up 1,798, due to layoffs in the construction, accommodation and food service and transportation and warehousing industries.
_New York, up 1,578, due to layoffs in the food service, manufacturing and retail industries.