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How US States Fared On Jobless Claims, At A Glance

The Associated Press

Superstorm Sandy caused a spike in the number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits last week. Applications surged by 78,000 to a seasonally adjusted 439,000, the highest level in 18 months. Economists say the increase is temporary and applications should fall in a few weeks after the storm's impact fades.

Here are the states with the biggest increases and decreases in applications. The state-by-state figures are for the week ended Nov. 3.

States with the biggest increases:

Pennsylvania: Up 7,766, due to layoffs in the construction, transportation, manufacturing and food and beverage industries

Ohio: Up 6,450, due to layoffs in the automobile and manufacturing industries

New Jersey: Up 5,675, as Superstorm Sandy caused temporary job losses in construction, hotels and restaurants, and manufacturing

Michigan: Up 2,373, no reason given

Connecticut: Up 1,783, due to applications caused by Superstorm Sandy.

North Carolina: Up 1,725, due to layoffs in the metal, textile, machinery and restaurant industries

States with the biggest decreases:

California: Down 8,149, due to fewer layoffs in services and other industries

New York: Down 2,241, due to fewer layoffs in retail and healthcare. Power outages from Hurricane Sandy prevented state from receiving some applications.

Copyright 2011 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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