Here are the states with the biggest increases and decreases in applications. The state data are for the week ended Sept. 1, one week behind the national data:
States with the biggest increases:
Pennsylvania: Up 1,639, due to layoffs in the manufacturing, food and beverage, and educational service industries
Nevada: Up 1,351, due to seasonal layoffs from summer jobs
States with the biggest decreases:
Florida: Down 1,923, due to fewer layoffs in agriculture, construction and retail
North Carolina: Down 1,566, due to fewer layoffs in manufacturing, computer equipment and social services
Georgia: Down 1,199, due to fewer layoffs in manufacturing and administrative support.