March 12. 2018 10:16PM

NH Business Newsreel: NH jobless rate second lowest in nation

CONCORD — New Hampshire’s 2.6 percent preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for January was the second lowest in the country, tied with North Dakota, according data released Monday by Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Hawaii was the lowest at 2.1 percent.

Citing bureau data, New Hampshire Employment Security noted the Granite State’s top ranking among New England states, followed closely by Vermont at 2.9 percent and Maine at 3 percent, good enough for both states to be in the top 10 lowest.

Massachusetts ranked 16th, at 3.5 percent, followed by Connecticut and Rhode Island, tied at 32nd lowest, at 4.5 percent.

Comcast increases internet speeds

MANCHESTER — Comcast is increasing the speeds of some of its Xfinity internet service tiers in the Northeast Division, which includes 14 northeastern states from Maine through Virginia and the District of Columbia.

The increases, which the company is providing at no additional cost, including gigabit-speed services for both residential and business customers, the company said in a release. Speed increases will vary based on a customers’ current subscription, but most will see an increase of 50 megabits per second, Comcast said.

Most customers will automatically be upgraded to the new speeds, and will simply need to restart their modems. Comcast said it will notify customers who may need to upgrade their modems to receive the new speeds.

Those who lease modems from Comcast and require an upgrade can do so for no additional charge by requesting a self-install kit or visiting an Xfinity Store or service center. Those owning modems requiring an upgrade can purchase a new one or lease an Xfinity modem.

Gilford pub earns kudos for fundraisers

GILFORD — Patrick’s Pub & Eatery of Gilford was again recognized by the National Restaurant Association for its community service and involvement.

The association, with founding partner American Express, created the Restaurant Neighbor Award more than 15 years ago.

As the New Hampshire winner for the small business category, Patrick’s is eligible for the national award, which includes a $10,000 gift to the community effort of its choice as well as an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to receive the award.

This is the third time Patrick’s has received the award, being chosen in 2008 and again in 2013.

Patrick’s Pub Mania fundraiser, which has raised more than $1.6 million in the last nine years for the Greater Lakes Region Children’s Auction, and its support for the WOW Trail, a local rail-trail effort in Laconia, were key factors toward this award.

Patrick’s Pub & Eatery ( is in its 24th year of operation under owners Jeff and Allan Beetle.