CONCORD — Thousands more Granite Staters are in the labor force than were at this time last year, according to state data released Thursday — and in some towns, the unemployment rate has dipped below 2 percent.
The New Hampshire Department of Employment Security released its monthly Local Area Unemployment Statistics report Thursday. In the month of November, the report said, the non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 2.3 percent, the same as October 2019. The November 2018 rate was 2.2 percent.
The report showed a difference in unemployment rates across different regions of the state. The Concord and Lebanon areas have the lowest unemployment rates, at 1.9%. The Berlin area has the state’s highest unemployment rate, at 3.1%.
Non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for each New Hampshire town and city can be seen online at https://www.nhes.nh.gov/elmi/statistics/documents/19town.pdf
The November estimate for the not-seasonally adjusted labor force showed 12,230 more people employed than in November 2018, and 1,250 more unemployed — which means the state’s total labor force has grown by 13,480 since last year.