Unemployment Rate

Newscast
11:49 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Unemployment Rate Drops To 4.4%

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%.

NH News
2:52 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

N.H. Unemployment Rate Falls In March

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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.  

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NH News
3:34 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

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

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

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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.

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NH News
5:15 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

State Unemployment Rate Dips To 5.5%

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%. 

NH News
11:45 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Unemployment Rate In State Stays Flat In February

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%.

NH News
5:14 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

N.H. Unemployment Slightly Up in July

Sara Plourde NHPR

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.

NH News
5:31 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Unemployment Up to 5.1%; Labor Force Bigger than Expected

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.

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StateImpact
2:12 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

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

Amanda Loder StateImpact NH

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.

NH News
11:38 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Unemployment Numbers for May Hold Steady

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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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Looking Up: Pockets Of Economic Strength
4:34 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

Optimism Rising Along With The Number Of New Jobs

Economists say job growth plays a big role in how consumers are feeling about the U.S. economy.
Robert Galbraith Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Wed March 14, 2012 10:10 pm

Part of a series

As 2011 was winding down, consumer spirits were starting to rise. Now the momentum has carried into the new year, with polls showing consumer sentiment continuing to improve.

Economists say that negative factors, such as falling home values or rising meat prices, are nowhere near as important as the growth in jobs.

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StateImpact
3:31 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Tracing The Great Recession And Recovery Through Help Wanted Ads

Originally published on Tue February 7, 2012 3:31 pm

After years of speculation on a "jobless recovery," finally, things could be looking up–at least for the moment. This week, the Bureau of Labor statistics reported some serious gains on the national jobs front for January, with the creation of 243,000 jobs.

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Still No Job: Over A Year Without Enough Work
4:03 pm
Mon December 12, 2011

The State Of The Long-Term Unemployed

People wait to see a career adviser at a training center operated by the New York Department of Labor in New York City. NPR and the Kaiser Family Foundation conducted a survey on the emotional, physical and financial effects of being without work for a year or more. Nearly 70 percent of respondents would like the government to offer more job training opportunities.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Mon December 12, 2011 12:02 pm

Millions of Americans wake up each morning without a job, even though they desperately want to work. It's one of the depressing legacies of the financial crisis and Great Recession.

NPR and the Kaiser Family Foundation conducted a poll of people who had been unemployed or with an insufficient level of work for more than a year. The results document the financial, emotional and physical effects of long-term unemployment and underemployment.

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The Two-Way
9:18 am
Fri December 2, 2011

Unemployment Rate Drops To 8.6 Percent; 120,000 Jobs Added

A job fair in San Francisco last month.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Fri December 2, 2011 11:46 am

The nation's unemployment rate fell to 8.6 percent in November from 9 percent in October as payrolls went up by 120,000 jobs, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says.

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