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How U.S. states fared on jobless aid applications

(AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid fell 25,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 370,000, as a temporary spike caused by Superstorm Sandy has faded. Weekly applications have fallen back to a level consistent with modest hiring.

Here are the states with the biggest increases in applications. The state level data is for the week ended Nov. 24, one week behind the national data.

States with the biggest increases:

Wisconsin: Up 5,876, no reason given

Oregon: Up 2,328, due to layoffs because of winter weather and holidays

Ohio: Up 2,252, no reason given

Washington: Up 2,107, due to layoffs in agriculture, construction and manufacturing

Iowa: Up 1,262, due to layoffs in manufacturing

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