Kentucky Among States With Largest Increase in Unemployment Benefit Claims

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Updated: 4/10 6:43 pm
From the Associated Press:

Weekly applications for U.S. unemployment benefits dropped 32,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 300,000. Claims fell to their lowest point since May 2007, several months before the Great Recession started later that year. The decrease suggests strong momentum for hiring in the coming months.

Here are the states with the biggest increases and decreases in applications. The data is for the week that ended March 29, one week behind the national figures:

States with the biggest increases:

Kentucky: Up 1,119, no reason given
California: Up 17,626, due to layoffs in services
Oregon: Up 1,851, no reason given
Ohio: Up 1,200, due to layoffs in manufacturing and information

States with the biggest decreases:

Pennsylvania: Down 2,007, due to fewer layoffs in food service and construction
Texas: Down 1,821, due to fewer layoffs in manufacturing, support services and information

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)
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