The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

January 9, 2014

Pennsylvania unemployment claims up 10,000 last week


The Associated Press

— WASHINGTON - The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell 15,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 330,000, a sign of fewer layoffs and that hiring will likely continue to be steady.

Here are the states with the biggest increases and decreases in applications. The state-level data are for the week ended Dec. 28, one week behind the national level data:

States with the biggest increases:

Michigan: Up 16,056, due to layoffs in manufacturing

Pennsylvania: Up 10,601, due to layoffs in transportation, manufacturing, construction and administrative services

New Jersey: Up 7,345, due to layoffs in education, public administration, manufacturing and real estate

Ohio: Up 7,036, due to layoffs in manufacturing, retail, transportation, health care and food service

Iowa: Up 5,369, due to layoffs in manufacturing

States with the biggest decreases:

California: Down 14,635, due to fewer layoffs in the service industry

Texas: Down 6,723, no reason given

Florida: down 3,738, due to fewer layoffs in agriculture, construction, manufacturing, retail, wholesale trade and services

North Carolina: Down 2,692, due to fewer layoffs in food service

South Carolina: Down 2,184, no reason given