NH jobless rate dips to 4.5 percent
“Today’s announcement that participation in the labor force continued to increase while New Hampshire’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.5 percent in March, more than two points below the national average, is another encouraging sign that our economy is continuing to strengthen, allowing businesses to grow and create jobs,” Gov. Maggie Hassan said in a prepared statement.
The monthly report from Employment Security showed that the state now has 648,200 non-farm jobs, getting close to the 650,000 non-farm jobs in New Hampshire prior to the start of the recession in 2009. The state lost 25,000 jobs over the course of the recession.