Skip to main content

The Journal Gazette

Thursday, July 11, 2013 9:03 am

How states fared on unemployment benefit claims

By The Associated Press

U.S. unemployment benefit applications rose 16,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 360,000. Still, that level is consistent with steady hiring. Applications are usually volatile in early July as school shutdowns and brief closures of auto factories lead to temporary layoffs.

Here are the states with the biggest increases and decreases in applications. The state level data are for the week ended June 29, one week behind the national data.

States with the biggest increases:

New Jersey: Up 6,068, due to layoffs in transportation and warehousing, hotels and restaurants, and educational services

New York: Up 2,824, due to layoffs in educational services, transportation and warehousing, and health care

Connecticut: Up 2,802, due to layoffs in educational services

Michigan: Up 1,814, due to layoffs in manufacturing

Washington: Up 1,573, no reason given

Kentucky: Up 1,436, no reason given

States with the biggest decreases:

California: Down 9,323, due to fewer layoffs in services

Florida: Down 3,245, due to fewer layoffs in agriculture, construction, manufacturing and retail trade

Pennsylvania: Down 2,628, due to fewer layoffs in transportation, hotel and restaurants and construction

Massachusetts: Down 1,973, no reason given

Maryland: Down 1,715, no reason given

Wisconsin: Down 1,284, no reason given

Oregon: Down 1,248, due to fewer layoffs in educational services