How states fared on US jobless aid applications

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Posted: Aug 02, 2012 9:05 AM

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose last week to 365,000, though the data was likely skewed higher by seasonal factors.

Here are the states with the biggest increase and decreases in applications. The state data is for the week ended July 21, one week behind the national data.

States with the biggest decreases:

California: Down 32,107, due to fewer layoffs in services

New York: Down 15,615, due to fewer layoffs in transportation, educational services, and construction

North Carolina: Down 12,448, due to fewer layoffs in transportation equipment, textile mills, businesses services and durable goods

Georgia: Down 7,923, due to fewer layoffs in manufacturing, administrative support, trade and construction

Alabama: Down 5,122, due to fewer layoffs in transportation equipment, administrative support, and hotels and restaurants

Wisconsin: Down 4,427, no reason given

State with the biggest increase:

Kentucky: Up 4,073, no reason given