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WASHINGTON (AP) _ 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

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