By The Associated Press
The number of people seeking unemployment benefits last week fell 9,000 to a seasonally adjusted 363,000, a level that suggests modest hiring.
Here are the states with the biggest increases and decreases in applications. The state data are for the week ended Oct. 20, one week behind the national figures.
States with the biggest decreases:
California: Down 16,586, due to fewer layoffs in services
Florida: Down 2, 414, due to fewer layoffs in agriculture, construction, manufacturing and retail
Texas: Down 1,572, no reason given
Michigan: Down 1,308, no reason given
Ohio: Down 1,214, due to fewer layoffs in manufacturing
Virginia: Down 1,105, due to fewer layoffs in manufacturing
States with the biggest increases:
North Carolina: Up 2,400, due to layoffs in all sectors
Pennsylvania: Up 1,679, due to layoffs in agriculture, construction, manufacturing and retail
New Jersey: Up 1,575, due to layoffs in transportation and manufacturing
Georgia: Up 1,477, due to layoffs in manufacturing and agriculture
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