Created on Thursday, 24 October 2013 Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dropped 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 350,000 last week, though the total was elevated for the third straight week by technical problems in California. Applications spiked three weeks ago as California began processing claims that were delayed by a computer upgrade. The partial government shutdown also boosted applications earlier this month. Before the distortions, applications had fallen to pre-recession levels.
Here are the states with the biggest changes in applications. The state level data are for the week ended Oct. 12, one week behind the national data.
States with the biggest increases:
California: Up 11,781, due to layoffs in services, agriculture, forestry and fishing, and the processing of delayed claims
Pennsylvania: Up 3,362, due to layoffs in construction, professional services, health care, entertainment and hotels and restaurants
New York: Up 2,443, due to layoffs in restaurants, construction and entertainment
Illinois: Up 2,178, due to layoffs in construction and manufacturing
South Carolina, Up 1,182, due to layoffs in manufacturing
States with the biggest decreases:
Kentucky: Down 2,178, no reason given
Ohio: Down 2,164, due to fewer layoffs in manufacturing
Minnesota: Down 1,375, no reason given
Massachusetts: Down 1,059, no reason given