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How states fared on US unemployment benefit claims

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  • Retired U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Thomas Gipson, of Atlanta, right, has his resume looked over by Ralph Brown, a management and program analyst with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, during a job fair for veterans at the VFW Post 2681,Marietta, Ga.

      Retired U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Thomas Gipson, of Atlanta, right, has his resume looked over by Ralph Brown, a management and program analyst with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, during a job fair for veterans at the VFW Post 2681,Marietta, Ga.

 
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WASHINGTON -- The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits rose 68,000 to a seasonally adjusted 368,000 last week.

It's the biggest increase in first-time applications in more than a year, a troubling sign if the trend lasts. But the increase likely reflects the difficulty adjusting for delays after the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Here are the states with the biggest increases and decreases in applications. The state data are for the week ended Nov. 23, one week behind the national figures:

States with increases:

Wisconsin: Up 4,420, no reason given

Ohio: Up 2,597, due to layoffs in manufacturing and financial services

Kentucky: Up 1,538, no reason given

States with decreases:

California: Down 19,920, due to fewer layoffs in the services sector

Texas: Down 7,284, no reason given

Florida: Down 5,400, due to fewer layoffs in agriculture, construction, manufacturing, retail and wholesale trade

Pennsylvania: Down 5,145, due to fewer layoffs in construction, scientific services, health care, retail, and social services

Nevada: Down 3,295, no reason given

Michigan: Down 2,567, due to fewer layoffs in management

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