Unemployment Applications Up Nationally, Down in Texas

Applications down nearly 3,000 in Texas

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    The number of people applying for unemployment benefits edged up slightly last week after two months of steady declines.

    The four-week average of applications, a less volatile measure, fell to its lowest level since April. That suggests companies are cutting fewer workers.

    Here are the states with the biggest changes in applications. The state-level data is for the week ended Nov. 12, one week behind the nationwide data:

    State with the biggest increase:
    Indiana: Up 2,251, due to layoffs in the manufacturing industry

    States with the biggest decreases:
    California: Down 9,382, due to fewer layoffs in the service industry
    Pennsylvania: Down 3,994, no reason given
    Texas: Down 2,831, no reason given
    Massachusetts: Down 2,223, due to fewer layoffs in services
    New York: Down 2,161, due to fewer layoffs in construction, health care and manufacturing
    Washington: Down 1,473, no reason given