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How states fared on unemployment benefit claims

Created: 03/13/2014 7:57 AM
By: The Associated Press

Weekly applications for U.S. unemployment benefits dropped 9,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 315,000, a sign the job market is picking up after a winter slump.

Here are the states with the biggest increases and decreases in applications. The data is for the week that ended March 1, one week behind the national figures:

States with the biggest decreases:

California: Down 5,675, due to fewer layoffs in services and wholesale trade

Georgia: Down 5,437, due to fewer layoffs in construction and administrative support

Massachusetts: Down 3,770, due to fewer layoffs in transportation and food services

Pennsylvania: Down 2,086, due to fewer layoffs in transportation and construction

South Carolina: Down 2,006, due to fewer layoffs in manufacturing

Alabama: Down 1,042, due to fewer layoffs in construction and manufacturing

States with the biggest increases:

New York: Up 18,709, due to layoffs in transportation and warehousing, education, and restaurants

Florida: Up 1,940, due to layoffs in agriculture, construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, and retail

Illinois: Up 1,789, due to layoffs in construction and administrative services

Texas: Up 1,245, no reason given

(Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)



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