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  • How states fared on unemployment benefit claims

  • Weekly applications for unemployment aid dropped last week, a sign that companies are laying off fewer workers and may start hiring more. Applications fell 22,000 to a seasonally adjusted 344,000, the Labor Department said.
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  • Weekly applications for unemployment aid dropped last week, a sign that companies are laying off fewer workers and may start hiring more. Applications fell 22,000 to a seasonally adjusted 344,000, the Labor Department said.
    Here are the states with the biggest changes in applications. The state data is for the week ended Feb. 16, one week behind the national data.
    States with the biggest decreases:
    Illinois: Down 3,285, due to fewer layoffs in construction, administrative support, and trade
    Kansas: Down 3,114, no reason given
    Pennsylvania: Down 2,865, due to fewer layoffs in construction, professional, retail and wood products
    Florida: Down 2,442, due to fewer layoffs in construction, agriculture, manufacturing and retail
    Ohio: Down 2,265, due to fewer layoffs in manufacturing, transportation, and finance
    Missouri: Down 1,748, due to fewer layoffs in manufacturing, administrative support and construction
    States with the biggest increases:
    California: Up 26,683, due to layoffs in all sectors
    Connecticut: Up 1,747, no reason given
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