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More Americans, NC Sought Unemployment Benefits Last Week

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More Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, although the figures were skewed in part by Hurricane Isaac. The Labor Department said applications for jobless aid rose by 15,000 to a seasonally adjusted 382,000. Isaac increased applications by about 9,000, the department said.

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

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