States with the biggest changes in jobless aid applications, and some reasons, at a glance

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The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits dipped 2,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 339,000, evidence that layoffs are low and hiring will likely remain steady.

Here are the states with the biggest increases and decreases in applications. The state-level data are for the week ended Dec. 21, one week behind the national level data:

States with the biggest increases:

Michigan: Up 4,865, due to layoffs by wholesalers

New York: Up 3,284, due to layoffs in construction, food service and manufacturing

Oregon: Up 1,901, no reason given

New Jersey: Up 1,887, due to layoffs in education and public administration

Kentucky: Up 1,538, no reason given

States with the biggest decreases:

California: Down 5,429, due to fewer layoffs in the agriculture, forestry and fishing industries

Illinois: Down 3,509, no reason given

Washington: Down 1,930, no reason given

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