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  New Hampshire’s unemployment rate remained at 3.8 percent in May, according to the latest monthly report from New Hampshire Employment Security. 

The state has seen solid job growth for most of this year, and May was no exception. But that doesn't necessarily show up in the latest overall jobs number, and economist Annette Nielsen of New Hampshire Employment Security says there’s a reason why. “It’s reflecting that more people were employed in May from April, about 1400 or 1500, but also approximately the same amount have joined the labor force," Nielsen says. 

 The state will release its latest monthly employment figures Tuesday, and New Hampshire economists are hoping for another strong report.

The trend lines for the state's labor market have largely been pointing in the right direction in 2015. The unemployment rate is down to 3.8 percent as of April, while the rate of labor participation has gone up.

Economist Dennis Delay of the New Hampshire Center For Public Policy Studies says New Hampshire is also seeing more job growth in higher-wage industries, like manufacturing, finance or health services.

New Hampshire’s unemployment rate ticked down in April to 3.8 percent, after seeing no change the month before. 

The unemployment rate can go down when fewer people are looking for work. But in April New Hampshire’s total labor force increased. 

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New data shows New Hampshire’s seasonally adjusted jobless rate held steady at 3.9 percent in March, but that doesn’t mean there haven’t been changes in the state’s labor market.

Economist Annette Nielsen with New Hampshire Employment Security says there’s more movement among those with jobs and those seeking them. “When there’s more employment opportunities," Nielsen said, "you see a tendency of more people that have been sitting kind of on the fringes joining back in. And that’s what we’re seeing right now.”

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Unemployment in New Hamsphire fell to below 4 percent last month. According to New Hampshire Employment security, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for February was 3.9 percent.

This brings the number of New Hampshire residents who have a job to 714,840, while only 29,270 are unemployed.

The unemployment rate has been declining steadily since 2010, when it peaked at 6.7 percent.

In a statement governor Maggie Hassan praised the news, calling the announcement “another encouraging sign that our economy continues to strengthen.”

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The New Hampshire Employment Security office says the state's unemployment rate for December was 4 percent, down a tenth of a percentage point from November.

In December 2013, the seasonally adjusted rate for New Hampshire was 5.2 percent.

Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for December was 5.6 percent, down from 5.8 percent in November, and a decrease of 1.1 percentage points from the December 2013 rate.

N.H. Unemployment Rate Unchanged In July

Aug 12, 2014

New Hampshire’s unemployment rate remained unchanged last month, at 4.4 percent.   At the same time last year, it was 5.2 percent.   But the state’s Employment Security office reports the number of Granite Staters in the workforce shrank by 2,550 people from June.  And 310 more people were unemployed.   Nationally, the jobless rate went up slightly, to 6.2 percent.

The state’s unemployment rate ticked down one-tenth to 4.4% in April, according to new data from New Hampshire Employment Security.

Construction, retail and hospitality sectors all posted gains, but the state shed about 900 jobs in local government.

The total number of employed residents was up 2,200 to 714,640, while the labor force increased by 1,040 to 747,380.

The overall rate is down nearly a full point from last April. Nationally, unemployment stands at 6.3%.

N.H. Unemployment Rate Falls In March

Apr 15, 2014
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New Hampshire’s jobless rate dropped two-tenths of a percent in March.  It now stands at four-and-a-half percent, well below the national rate, according to numbers released by the state’s Employment Security Department.  

No Change In N.H.'s Unemployment Rate For December

Jan 22, 2014

The state’s unemployment rate was unchanged from November to December.  That’s according to New Hampshire Employment Security.  

N.H. Unemployment Rates Decrease

Jun 18, 2013

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.

New Hampshire’s unemployment rate in April fell to 5.5%, down from 5.7% in March, according to new data from N.H. Employment Security.

During the month, the state’s economy added 3,400 jobs, with some of the biggest gains in construction and retail.

Local and state government shed an estimated 1,000 jobs during the period.

The national unemployment rate stands at 7.5%. 

New Hampshire’s unemployment rate in February held steady at 5.8%. That’s according to new data from NH Employment Security.  The state has added nearly 8,000 private sector jobs in the past twelve months, but a growing labor force continues to keep the overall unemployment rate well above pre-recession levels.

New Hampshire continues to outperform most of New England. Only Vermont has a lower rate at 4.7%.

The national rate stands at 7.7%.

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The New Hampshire Department of Employment Security says unemployment is slightly up for the month of July.

More than 4,400 jobs were lost between June and July, bringing the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate to 5.4 percent. That’s an increase of .3  percentage points. The total number of employed residents was just shy of 700,000.

The New Hampshire unemployment rate is still well below the national rate of 8.3 percent, which also went up a tenth of a percent from June.

The New Hampshire Department of Employment security released the latest New Hampshire unemployment figures for today. Unemployment in June ticked up slightly; rising to a seasonally adjusted 5.1%, up from 5.0% in May.It is still down from where it was last June, when it was 5.5 percent.

Employment Security Economist Annette Nielsen says the increase is due to two factors: 5,000 more workers entered the labor force than this time last year, and fewer seasonal jobs were added than expected.

Getting By, Getting Ahead Voices of the New Hampshire Economy Interactive

Jul 16, 2012
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View the interactive on the StateImpact NH website.

It may not always feel this way, but New Hampshire’s economy is doing better than almost anywhere in the U.S. The state’s 5 percent unemployment rate is lower than all but five other states. However, some parts of the state are doing better than others.  NHPR’s Amanda Loder interviewed people across the state’s seven regions to get a sense of what New Hampshire’s economic recovery looks like in 2012. Listen to voices of New Hampshire's economy and share your story in an interactive audio experience.

Catch up on the series Getting By, Getting Ahead.

Unemployment Numbers for May Hold Steady

Jun 21, 2012
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Twenty-three hundred jobs were added to New Hampshire payrolls between April and May, but the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remains stuck at 5%.

There was good news for Coos County: the North Country’s rate dipped below 8% for the first time this year.

Grafton County has the State’s lowest unemployment at 4.1%.

All in all, the data met expectations, says Bob Cote, a researcher with NH Employment Security.

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