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

U.S. unemployment benefit applications rose 18,000 to a seasonally adjusted 354,000 last week. Despite the gain, the level remains consistent with moderate job growth.

The Labor Department says the less volatile four-week average increased 2,500 to 348,250.

Here are the states with the biggest changes in applications. The state data are for the week ended June 8, one week behind the national data:

States with the biggest increases:

Pennsylvania: Up 5,214, due to layoffs in transportation, healthcare, entertainment and hotels and restaurants

Illinois: Up 3,364, due to layoffs in transportation and warehousing, construction and hotels and restaurants

Texas: Up 3,007, no reason given

Georgia: Up 2,937, due to layoffs in manufacturing, administrative, health care and transportation and warehousing

Ohio: Up 2,326, due to layoffs in manufacturing, communication, finance and services

States with the biggest decreases:

California: Down 1,209, due to fewer layoffs in services and retail