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NH jobless rate remains 2.6% for fifth consecutive month


May 15. 2018 8:58PM




New Hampshire’s unemployment rate for April remained 2.6 percent for the fifth consecutive month, according to seasonally adjusted data compiled by New Hampshire Employment Security.

The April 2017 seasonally adjusted rate was 2.7 percent, the state said Tuesday.

The April rate continues the Granite State’s long stretch as having one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country.

It was bested in March only by Hawaii, which had a 2.1 percent rate.

Seasonally adjusted estimates for April 2018 placed the number of employed residents in New Hampshire at 731,080, an increase of 1,650 from March and an increase of 5,000 from April 2017.

The number of unemployed residents increased by 380 to 19,640, which was 600 fewer unemployed than in April 2017.

From March to April 2018, the total labor force increased by 2,030 to 750,720. This was an increase of 4,400 from April 2017.

Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April 2018 was 3.9 percent, a decrease of 0.2 percentage points from March, and a decrease of 0.5 percentage points from April 2017.

The national unadjusted rate for April 2018 was 3.7 percent, a decrease of 0.4 percentage points from the March, and a decrease of 0.4 percentage points from the April 2017 rate.


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