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How states fared on unemployment benefit claims

Thursday - 10/10/2013, 9:17am  ET

By The Associated Press

(AP) - The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits jumped by 66,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 374,000. But the spike was largely because California processed a huge backlog of claims and the partial government shutdown prompted some companies to cut jobs.

Here are the states with the biggest changes. The state data are for the week ended Sept. 28, one week behind the national data:

States with the largest decreases:

Michigan: Down 2,061, due to fewer applications stemming from computer upgrade

New York: Down 1,694, due to fewer layoffs in food services, construction and public administration

Florida: Down 1,349, due to fewer layoffs in services and manufacturing

Texas: Down 1,255, no reason given

Alabama: Down 1,008, due to fewer layoffs in manufacturing

States with the biggest increases:

Oregon: Up 1,104, no reason given

California: Up 1,045, no reason given


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