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