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How US states fared on jobless aid applications

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The Associated Press | May 3, 2012 01:12 PM EST | AP


The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell last week by the most in nearly a year, a hopeful sign that hiring could pick up in coming months.

Here are states with the biggest increases and decreases in applications. The data are for the week ended April 21, one week behind the national data:

States with the biggest decreases:

New Jersey: Down 5,748, due to fewer layoffs in construction, transportation and warehousing, and hotels and restaurants

Pennsylvania: Down 3,080, due to fewer layoffs in transportation, construction, hotels and restaurants and health care

Wisconsin: Down 1,841, no reason given

Ohio: Down 1,798, no reason given

Alabama: Down 1,444, due to fewer layoffs in manufacturing, textile, and administrative support

Georgia: Down 1,440 due to fewer layoffs in the manufacturing and trade industries

States with the biggest increases:

New York: Up 15,467, due to layoffs in transportation, public administration and educational services

Massachusetts: Up 4,336, due to layoffs in construction, administrative support and manufacturing

Connecticut: Up 1,776, due to layoffs stemming from school vacations in the prior week

Rhode Island: Up 1,163, due to layoffs stemming from school vacations in the prior week