How states fared on unemployment applications

AP News
Posted: May 12, 2011 1:36 PM
How states fared on unemployment applications

Far fewer people sought unemployment benefits last week, a sharp reversal from big gains that suggests recent increases in layoffs may prove temporary. The number of people seeking unemployment benefits plummeted 44,000 to 434,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That was the biggest weekly drop since February 2010.

Below are the states with the biggest changes in applications. The data are for the week ended April 30, one week behind the national figures. Nationwide, applications jumped by 47,000 that week.

States with the biggest drops in applications:

New Jersey: Down 4,004, due to fewer layoffs in the transportation, warehousing, service and manufacturing industries

California: Down 3,145, no reason given

Massachusetts: Down 2,966, due to fewer layoffs in transportation and services

Florida: Down 2,156, due to fewer layoffs in trade, services, manufacturing and agriculture

Maryland: Down 1,877, no reason given

States with the largest increases:

New York: Up 24,431, due to layoffs in the transportation and services industries

Michigan: Up 3,948, no reason given

Wisconsin: Up 3,746, no reason given

North Carolina: Up 2,749, due to layoffs in the construction, service, textile, and electrical equipment industries

Ohio: Up 2,319, due to layoffs in the auto and construction industries

Oregon: Up 2,176, due to a new extended benefits program

Tennessee: Up 1,932, due to layoffs in trade, services and manufacturing