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Same as it ever was: NH unemployment remains 2.7 percent


September 18. 2018 11:32AM
THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER FILE Darianna Greenleaf, of Manchester, talks to a recruiter during the New Hampshire Employment Security Job and Resource Fair at University of New Hampshire Manchester in March. 


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CONCORD - New Hampshire's preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August 2018 was 2.7 percent, unchanged from July and August 2017, New Hampshire Employment Security reported Tuesday. It marked the sixth consecutive month the state's unemployment rate hovered below 3 percent.

The number of employed residents was 740,000, an increase of 1,890 from July and an increase of 12,740 from August 2017. The number of unemployed residents increased by 110 over-the-month to 20,520. This was 680 more unemployed than in August 2017.

From July to August 2018, the total labor force increased by 2,000 to 760,520, an increase of 13,420 from August 2017.

The unadjusted August 2018 unemployment rate for New Hampshire was 2.6 percent, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the July rate which remained at 2.7 percent after revision. The August 2017 unadjusted rate was 2.6 percent.

Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August 2018 was 3.9 percent, unchanged from July, and a decrease of 0.5 percentage points from August 2017. The national unadjusted rate for August 2018 was 3.9 percent, a decrease of 0.2 percentage points from the July rate, and a decrease of 0.6 percentage points from the August 2017 rate.


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