Department of Numbers

New Hampshire Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for New Hampshire rose 0.1 percentage points in May 2016 to 2.7%. The state unemployment rate was 2.0 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in New Hampshire peaked in June 2009 at 6.6% and is now 3.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.6% in March 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see New Hampshire unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% -0.3 -0.8
New Hampshire 2.7% +0.1 -0.8

Unemployment Rate: New Hampshire, National

New Hampshire monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 2016

Note: Recessions shown in gray

New Hampshire Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in New Hampshire peaked in June 2009 at 49,016. There are now 28,902 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 19,298 in March 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 816. New Hampshire job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
New Hampshire 20,114 +755 -6,055

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in New Hampshire from 1990 to May 2016

New Hampshire Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New Hampshire
Unemployment Rate
New Hampshire
Unemployed
May 2016 4.7% 2.7% 20,114
April 2016 5.0% 2.6% 19,359
March 2016 5.0% 2.6% 19,298
February 2016 4.9% 2.7% 20,210
January 2016 4.9% 2.9% 21,581
December 2015 5.0% 3.1% 23,013
November 2015 5.0% 3.1% 23,311
October 2015 5.0% 3.2% 23,694
September 2015 5.1% 3.3% 24,127
August 2015 5.1% 3.3% 24,606
July 2015 5.3% 3.4% 25,121
June 2015 5.3% 3.5% 25,646