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This past January there were 144,517 unemployment claimants, according the the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

These 20 states had the most lay offs by percentage when compared to the overall labor force in December 2012.

20 New York
shioshvili via flickr

Claimants for January 2013: 8,000 people

Workforce layoffs January 2013: 1.01 percent

Workforce layoffs January 2012: 2.22 percent

Total Workforce December 2012: 793,600

19 Kentucky
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Claimants for January 2013: 1,738 people

Workforce layoffs January 2013: 1.02 percent

Workforce layoffs January 2012: 1.68 percent

Total Workforce December 2012: 169,800

18 Illinois
Dougtone via flickr

Claimants for January 2013: 6,251 people

Workforce layoffs January 2013: 1.08 percent

Workforce layoffs January 2012: 0.84 percent

Total Workforce December 2012: 576,600

17 Idaho
jinxmcc via flickr

Claimants for January 2013: 670 people

Workforce layoffs January 2013: 1.32 percent

Workforce layoffs January 2012: 0.88 percent

Total Workforce December 2012: 50,800

16 Hawaii
kimubert via flickr

Claimants for January 2013: 453 people

Workforce layoffs January 2013: 1.35 percent

Workforce layoffs January 2012: 0.94 percent

Total Workforce December 2012: 33,500

15 Pennsylvania
Dougtone via flickr

Claimants for January 2013: 7,265 people

Workforce layoffs January 2013: 1.41 percent

Workforce layoffs January 2012: 1.72 percent

Total Workforce December 2012: 516,700

14 Virgina
Gamma Man via flickr

Claimants for January 2013: 3,583 people

Workforce layoffs January 2013: 1.5 percent

Workforce layoffs January 2012: 1.41 percent

Total Workforce December 2012: 238,200

13 Georgia
Dougtone via flickr

Claimants for January 2013: 6,616 people

Workforce layoffs January 2013: 1.6 percent

Workforce layoffs January 2012: 0.99 percent

Total Workforce December 2012: 413,900

12 California
Damian Gadal via flickr

Claimants for January 2013: 29,088 people

Workforce layoffs January 2013: 1.61 percent

Workforce layoffs January 2012: 1.32 percent

Total Workforce December 2012: 1,804,900

11 Ohio
Dougton via flickr

Claimants for January 2013: 6,460 people

Workforce layoffs January 2013: 1.67 percent

Workforce layoffs January 2012: 1.45 percent

Total Workforce December 2012: 387,700

10 Maine
Dougtone via flickr

Claimants for January 2013: 899 people

Workforce layoffs January 2013: 1.75 percent

Workforce layoffs January 2012: 1.28 percent

Total Workforce December 2012: 51,400

9 Oregon
Dougtone via flickr

Claimants for January 2013: 2,880 people

Workforce layoffs January 2013: 1.76 percent

Workforce layoffs January 2012: 1.04 percent

Total Workforce December 2012: 164,000

8 Montana
National Garden Clubs via flickr

Claimants for January 2013: 543 people

Workforce layoffs January 2013: 1.84 percent

Workforce layoffs January 2012: 1.71 percent

Total Workforce December 2012: 29,500

7 Missouri
Shellie @ Firefly Creek via flickr

Claimants for January 2013: 4,037 people

Workforce layoffs January 2013: 1.99 percent

Workforce layoffs January 2012: 1.41 percent

Total Workforce December 2012: 202,400

6 Arkansas
Ken Lund via flickr

Claimants for January 2013: 1,963 people

Workforce layoffs January 2013: 2.04 percent

Workforce layoffs January 2012: 1.44 percent

Total Workforce December 2012: 96,200

5 Wisconsin
ra_hurd via flickr

Claimants for January 2013: 4,994 people

Workforce layoffs January 2013: 2.47 percent

Workforce layoffs January 2012: 2.97 percent

Total Workforce December 2012: 202,200

4 Iowa
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Claimants for January 2013: 2,045 people

Workforce layoffs January 2013: 2.56 percent

Workforce layoffs January 2012: 1.59 percent

Total Workforce December 2012: 80,000

3 North Carolina
Dougtone via flickr

Claimants for January 2013: 11,999 people

Workforce layoffs January 2013: 2.73 percent

Workforce layoffs January 2012: 1.7 percent

Total Workforce December 2012: 438,900

2 South Carolina
Mojobaer via flickr

Claimants for January 2013: 6,739 people

Workforce layoffs January 2013: 3.74 percent

Workforce layoffs January 2012: 1.93 percent

Total Workforce December 2012: 180,000

1 Alabama
Charles Atkeison, via flickr

Claimants for January 2013: 8,434 people

Workforce layoffs January 2013: 5.53 percent

Workforce layoffs January 2012: 4.25 percent

Total Workforce December 2012: 152,600