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New Hampshire Continues to Have the 2nd Lowest Unemployment Rate in the East

January 30, 2014

At 5.1%, New Hampshire continues to have the 2nd lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in the East. At 4.8%, the unadjusted rate for New Hampshire is also the 2nd lowest rate East of the Mississippi River. At only 4.2%, the state that shares the Connecticut River with New Hampshire continues to have the lowest unemployment rate in the East. The rate fell in the rest of the near-by labor market. It fell to 6.2% in Maine and 7% in Massachusetts.

While the unemployment rate is falling faster in the nation as a whole than in New Hampshire, that’s mostly due to unemployment never being anywhere near as bad of a problem in NH.

December 2013 unemployment rate for the most populated cities and towns in New Hampshire:
Bedford 4.0%
Claremont 4.3%
Concord 4.3%
Derry 5.5%
Dover 3.9%
Exeter 4.5%
Goffstown 4.1%
Hanover 3.4%
Hudson 5.3%
Keene 4.2%
Laconia 5.4%
Lebanon 3.3%
Manchester 5.1%
Merrimack 4.7%
Nashua 5.5%
Portsmouth 3.7%
Rochester 4.6%
Salem 6.9%
Somersworth 4.7%
Windham 4.9%

Easton, with a population of 254 people, has the lowest unemployment rate at 2.2%. Grafton County has the lowest unemployment rate of any county in New Hampshire at roughly 4.0%. At roughly 4.1%, Sullivan County has the 2nd lowest rate. The 45,000+ people Lebanon Area labor market has the lowest unemployment rate of any area labor market in the state at roughly 3.3%. The Nashua Area labor market, by far the largest labor market in New Hampshire, has the same rate as the state. Here’s a visual map of the 2013 New Hampshire unemployment rate averaged out for the whole year into a town by town breakdown.

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