The Canadian PressMay 30, 2013 11:17
More Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, though the level of applications is still consistent with steady hiring. Weekly applications rose 10,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 354,000. The four-week average rose 6,750 to 347,250, the third straight gain. The average fell to a five-year low earlier this month.
Here are the states with the biggest changes in applications. The state data are for the week ended May 18, one week behind the national data:
States with the biggest increases:
South Carolina: Up 1,263, due to layoffs in manufacturing