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How states fared on unemployment benefit claims

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, Sept. 26 2013 8:59 a.m. MDT

In this Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, photo, an unidentified woman pauses to think about her answer on a job application at the job fair in Sunrise, Fla. The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits jumped by 16,000 for the week of ending March 23, 2013, the second straight weekly increase.

J Pat Carter, Associated Press

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid fell to a seasonally adjusted 305,000, the second-lowest level in six years last week. The decline shows that companies are laying off fewer workers.

Here are the states with the biggest increases in applications. No states reported large decreases in applications. The state-level data are for the week ended Sept. 14, one week behind the national figures:

States with the biggest increases:

California: Up 22,611, as the state processed applications delayed from previous weeks by computer upgrades

Florida: Up 3,946, due to layoffs in agriculture, construction, manufacturing and retail

Georgia: Up 2,690, due to layoffs in manufacturing, administrative and support services, and hotels and restaurants

Nevada: Up 2,504, as the state processed applications delayed from previous weeks by computer upgrades

New York: Up 1,871, due to layoffs in public administration, construction and food service

Texas: Up 1,281, no reason given.

States with the biggest decreases:

No states reported decreases larger than 1,000.

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