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How states fared on unemployment benefit claims
First Published Jul 17 2014 08:51 am • Last Updated Jul 17 2014 08:51 am

Fewer people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, evidence that recent job gains should continue.

The Labor Department says weekly applications for unemployment aid fell 3,000 to a seasonally adjusted 302,000. The less volatile four-week average has slipped to 309,000, the lowest reading since June 2007, about five months before the Great Recession began.

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Here are the states with the biggest increases and decreases in applications. The data is for the week that ended July 5, one week behind the national figures:

States with the biggest decreases:

California: Down 4,008, due to fewer layoffs in the service industry

New Jersey: Down 3,953, due to fewer layoffs in education, transportation, hotels and food service, public administration, construction and retail

Texas: Down 2,923, no reason given

Massachusetts: Down 1,981, due to fewer layoffs in transportation

Connecticut: Down 1,135, no reason given

States with the biggest increases:


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Michigan: Up 9,821, due to layoffs in services

New York: Up 5,272, due to layoffs in transportation, education, health care and social assistance

Ohio: Up 3,352, due to layoffs in transportation

Arkansas: Up 1,981, no reason given

Kentucky: Up 1,844, no reason given

Missouri: Up 1,844, due to layoffs in manufacturing, transportation and administrative services



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