The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell 9,000 to a seasonally adjusted 346,000 last week, evidence that the job market is still improving modestly.
Here are the states with the biggest increases or decreases in applications for unemployment benefits, and some reasons for the changes. The state figures are for the week ended June 15, one week behind the national data.
States with the biggest decreases in new applications for unemployment benefits:
Illinois: Down 3,401, due to fewer layoffs in construction, manufacturing, and administrative support
New York: Down 2,090, due to fewer layoffs in construction, hotels and food service, and finance
Georgia: Down 1,893, due to fewer layoffs in manufacturing, administrative support, health care, and hotels and restaurants
Missouri: Down 1,591, due to fewer layoffs in transportation and warehousing, construction, hotels and restaurants, and health care
Tennessee: Down 1,542, no reason given
Oregon: Down 1,488, no reason given
States with the biggest increases:
California: Up 15,341, due to layoffs in services
Pennsylvania: Up 4,882, due to layoffs in transportation, hotels and restaurants, construction, and education
Florida: Up 4,850, due to layoffs in agriculture, construction, manufacturing, and retail
Michigan: Up 1,114, no reason given
Maryland: Up 1,065, no reason given