How states fared on jobless benefit claims

WASHINGTON — Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits rose unexpectedly last week to a seasonally adjusted 344,000, highest since late February. The four-week average for claims also rose slightly, to 320,000. Economists weren’t especially worried by the increases. They say the numbers were muddied by temporary layoffs around the Easter holiday and spring break at many school systems around the country. Moreover, claims remain at pre-recession levels.

Here are the states with the biggest decreases and increases in applications. The data is for the week that ended April 19, one week behind the national figures:

States with the biggest decreases:

—Texas: Down 3,118, no reason given

—California: Down 2,887, no reason given

—Pennsylvania: Down 2,738, due to fewer layoffs in construction and administrative and support services

—New York: Down 1,740, due to fewer layoffs in manufacturing, retail and construction

—Indiana: Down 1,577, no reason given

States with the biggest increases:

—New Jersey: Up 4,652, due to layoffs in the educational services industry

—Connecticut: Up 2,073, due to layoffs in educational services; transportation and warehousing; hotels and food service; and public administration

More in Herald Business Journal

Tesla rolls out the design for its 500-mile electric big rig

The truck will have an Autopilot system, which can maintain a set speed and slow down in traffic.

How Airbus’s A380 deal with Emirates evaporated in Dubai

It came down to concern by Emirates that Airbus might shut down the jumbo program.

Equipment rental and sales business H&E opens Mukilteo shop

Company hopes to capitalize on construction occuring in northwest Washington.

New Chick-fil-A draws dozens of campers in Bothell

A second restaurant of the popular chain is opening on Thursday.

Tulalip Resort Casino to feature locally grown hazelnuts

The resort wanted to put a focus on meals created with the nut.

Alderwood Water general manager named president of state association

Alderwood Water & Wastewater District General Manager Jeff Clarke has been installed… Continue reading

Boeing earns top marks for LGBTQ workplace policies

Boeing was one of 609 businesses nationwide to earn a 100-point score… Continue reading

Derided by critics, trickle-down economics gets another try

The concept — also known as supply-side economics — has frequently drawn ridicule.

Richard Branson’s 747 to launch satellites for the Pentagon

Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne rocket would be “air launched” from a 747-400 it calls “Cosmic Girl.”

Most Read