Business and Economy
4:38 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

N.H. Unemployment Rates Decrease

Numbers from the state show that unemployment in New Hampshire have fallen to 5.3 percent.

In the past, rates dropped because people seeking work stopped applying for jobs.

But this time, economist Annette Nielsen of the NH Employment Security says there has been job growth.

“The good news from this May report is that the improvement in the unemployment rate is because the number of employed went up and the labor force was also up a little bit and definitely over the year was up. The employment rate didn’t go down because more people were leaving the labor force."

Nielsen says that jobs in hospitality, construction, education and health sectors bolstered the economy and provided jobs to more residents.

New Hampshire’s unemployment rate of 5.3 percent remains below the national average of 7.6 percent.