The drop may also reflect the difficulty the government has in seasonally adjusting its data to account for layoffs after the holiday shopping season.
Here are the states with the biggest changes in applications. The state level data are for the week ended Jan. 12, one week behind the national data.
States with the biggest increases:
New York: Down 27,487, due to fewer layoffs in transportation, construction and educational service industries
Georgia: Down 7,520, due to fewer layoffs in manufacturing, wholesale trade and construction
North Carolina: Down 5,541, due to fewer layoffs in textiles, business services, construction and transportation and warehousing
Alabama: Down 4,245, due to fewer layoffs in textiles, construction and manufacturing
Wisconsin: Down 3,183, no reason given
South Carolina: Down 2,686, due to fewer layoffs in manufacturing
States with the biggest decreases:
Texas: Up 12,786, no reason given
California: Up 10,232, due to layoffs in services and agriculture
Florida: Up 7,314, due to layoffs in construction, services and manufacturing
Indiana: Up 4,266, due to layoffs in manufacturing and retail
New Jersey: Up 3,570, due to layoffs in the health care and administrative support industries
New Mexico: Up 2,125, no reason given