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How states fared on unemployment benefit claims

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The Associated Press | July 18, 2013 02:11 PM EST | AP

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits last week fell to the lowest level in 10 weeks, a sign steady hiring should continue.

Applications fell 24,000 to a seasonally adjusted 334,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. Some of the decline may have been caused by seasonal factors.

Here are states with the largest changes in applications. The state data are for the week ended July 6, one week before the national data:

States with the biggest increases:

Michigan: Up 17,700, due to layoffs in manufacturing

New York: Up 15,163, due to layoffs in transportation, educational services, and health care

Pennsylvania: Up 4,831, due to layoffs in construction, educational services, and manufacturing

Kentucky: Up 4,836, no reason given

Ohio: Up 3,771, due to layoffs in manufacturing, transportation, retail and utilities

Massachusetts: Up 3,425, due to layoffs in education

Wisconsin: Up 2,870, no reason given

States with the biggest decreases:

New Jersey: Down 4,370

California: Down 4,265, due to fewer layoffs in services, manufacturing and retail

Texas: No reason given

North Carolina: Down 2,236, due to fewer layoffs in construction, administrative services, and manufacturing

Washington: Down 1,253, no reason given