How states fared on unemployment benefit claims
by The Associated Press
January 16, 2014 09:30 AM | 606 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, evidence that layoffs remain low and hiring could pick up.

The Labor Department said that weekly applications for unemployment aid dropped 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 326,000, the lowest in six weeks.

Here are the states with the biggest changes in applications. The state-level data are for the week ended Jan. 4, one week behind the national figures:

States with the biggest increases:

New York: Up 28,314, due to more layoffs in transportation and warehousing, construction and education

Georgia: Up 18,734, due to layoffs in manufacturing, administrative services, construction, and transportation and warehousing

South Carolina: Up 9,632, due to layoffs in manufacturing and administrative support services

Alabama: Up 6,782, due to layoffs in manufacturing and administrative support services

Texas: Up 6,638, no reason given

States with the biggest decreases:

Michigan: Down 17,635, due to fewer layoffs in manufacturing

New Jersey: Down 6,882, due to fewer layoffs in educational services and public administration

Massachusetts: Down 5,485, due to bad weather delaying applications for benefits

Ohio: Down 5,482, due to fewer layoffs in transportation, manufacturing, and retail

Iowa: Down 4,212, due to fewer layoffs in manufacturing

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