The Associated Press
Weekly applications for U.S. unemployment benefits dropped 9,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 315,000, a sign the job market is picking up after a winter slump.
Here are the states with the biggest increases and decreases in applications. The data is for the week that ended March 1, one week behind the national figures:
States with the biggest decreases:
California: Down 5,675, due to fewer layoffs in services and wholesale trade
Georgia: Down 5,437, due to fewer layoffs in construction and administrative support
Massachusetts: Down 3,770, due to fewer layoffs in transportation and food services
Pennsylvania: Down 2,086, due to fewer layoffs in transportation and construction
South Carolina: Down 2,006, due to fewer layoffs in manufacturing
Alabama: Down 1,042, due to fewer layoffs in construction and manufacturing
States with the biggest increases:
New York: Up 18,709, due to layoffs in transportation and warehousing, education, and restaurants
Florida: Up 1,940, due to layoffs in agriculture, construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, and retail
Illinois: Up 1,789, due to layoffs in construction and administrative services
Texas: Up 1,245, no reason given
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