Department of Numbers

New Hampshire Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for New Hampshire fell 0.1 percentage points in December 2016 to 2.6%. The state unemployment rate was 2.1 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 4.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.6% in March 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see New Hampshire unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% +0.1 -0.3
New Hampshire 2.6% -0.1 -0.5

Note: All comparisons are made with December data as January state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: New Hampshire, National

New Hampshire monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to December 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 29,442 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 19,298 in March 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 276. New Hampshire job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
New Hampshire 19,574 -499 -3,439

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

New Hampshire Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New Hampshire
Unemployment Rate
New Hampshire
Unemployed
January 2017 4.8%
December 2016 4.7% 2.6% 19,574
November 2016 4.6% 2.7% 20,073
October 2016 4.8% 2.8% 21,087
September 2016 4.9% 2.9% 22,107
August 2016 4.9% 3.0% 22,481
July 2016 4.9% 2.9% 21,967
June 2016 4.9% 2.8% 21,013
May 2016 4.7% 2.7% 20,118
April 2016 5.0% 2.6% 19,359
March 2016 5.0% 2.6% 19,298
February 2016 4.9% 2.7% 20,210