The Labor Department said Thursday that new claims for jobless benefits dropped sharply last week, a sign employers are cutting fewer workers as the economy recovers.
Here’s a look at the states with the biggest changes in initial jobless claims, and some of the reasons for the shifts.
The state data is for the week ending April 10, one week behind the nationwide figures.
States reporting the largest increases in claims:
• New York: up 23,876, due to layoffs in
transportation and services
• California: up 23,785, due to layoffs in services
• Florida: up 7,304, due to layoffs in construction, services, agriculture and manufacturing
• Indiana: up 5,603, due to layoffs in the auto industry
• Texas: up 4,576, due
to layoffs in the services, finance and manufacturing industries
States with the largest drops in claims:
• Kentucky: down 2,147
• Iowa: down 1,447, due to fewer layoffs in construction and manufacturing
• New Jersey: down 867
• Nevada: down 850