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State's jobless rate continues to drop

September 18. 2013 7:40PM

CONCORD — New Hampshire’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August was 5 percent, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the July rate of 5.1 percent after revision, according to the office of New Hampshire Employment Security.

The change marks a significant improvement from August of last year, when the seasonally adjusted rate was 5.7 percent.

Seasonally adjusted estimates for August placed the number of employed at 704,740, an increase of 4,770 from August of last year.

The number of unemployed residents decreased by 4,980 compared to August of last year.

New Hampshire’s unemployment rate continues to track well below the national average, which was 7.3 percent for August, a decrease of 0.9 percentage points from August 2012.

Famous Footwear opens in Bedford

BEDFORD ­— Famous Footwear opened its newest location at the Bedford Mall, 85 S. River Road, with a series of grand opening events Wednesday.

The 4,960-square-foot store hosted a shopping spree contest, with one winner getting 30 seconds to grab as many free pairs of shoes as possible. There was also an hourly drawings to win a complimentary pair of shoes.

Famous Footwear features merchandise for women, men and children with more than 1,000 stores nationwide. The chain offers more than 100 nationally recognized brands through its retail stores and website.

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Nashua frozen yogurt franchise to open

NASHUA — Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt will open a self-serve frozen yogurt shop at Tara Commons, the retail component of the Gateway Hills development at the Massachusetts border, the John Flatley Co. announced.

“It’s a perfect fit for us,” said Jeff Hathaway, franchise owner of Orange Leaf.

Orange Leaf has more than 290 locations in the United States. The Nashua store will feature a community table for large groups, cozy orange leather couches and high-top tables.

Tara Commons is located at Exit 1 of the Everett Turnpike on Spit Brook Road.


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