The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell 10,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 340,000, a sign that employers are laying off fewer workers.
Here are the states with the largest increases in the week ended Oct. 19. The state data are one week behind the national figures:
States with the biggest decreases:
California: Down 13,033, due to fewer layoffs in services, wholesale trade and retail
Pennsylvania: Down 3,240, due to fewer layoffs in professional, scientific and technical services, construction, health care and retail
Maryland: Down 3,222, no reason given
Illinois: Down 2,897, no reason given
New York: Down 2,810, no reason given
States with the biggest increases:
No states reported an increase above 1,000
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Original headline: How states fared on unemployment benefit claims
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