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NH unemployment drops to 4.4 percent

New Hampshire’s preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April was 4.4 percent, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the March rate, New Hampshire Employment Security said Tuesday.

The April 2013 seasonally adjusted rate was 5.3 percent. Seasonally adjusted estimates for April 2014 placed the number of employed residents at 714,640, an increase of 2,200 from the previous month and an increase of 10,770 from April 2013.

The number of unemployed residents decreased by 1,160 over the month to 32,740. This was 6,290 fewer unemployed than in April 2013. From March 2014 to April 2014, the total labor force increased by 1,040 to 747,380, an increase of 4,480 from April 2013.

Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April 2014 was 6.3 percent, a decrease of 0.4 percentage points from the March rate, and a decrease of 1.2 percentage points from April 2013 .



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