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Portsmouth, New Hampshire Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Portsmouth fell 0.2 percentage points in November 2017 to 2.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the New Hampshire rate. The unemployment rate in Portsmouth peaked in January 2010 at 6.1% and is now 3.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.3% in January 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Portsmouth unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
New Hampshire 2.7% 0.0 -0.1
Portsmouth 2.4% -0.2 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Portsmouth, New Hampshire, National

Portsmouth, New Hampshire monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Portsmouth, New Hampshire Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Portsmouth peaked in May 2009 at 4,418. There are now 2,627 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,763 in January 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 28.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Portsmouth 1,791 -131 -101

Number of Unemployed Persons

Portsmouth, New Hampshire Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New Hampshire
Unemployment Rate
Portsmouth
Unemployment Rate
Portsmouth
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 2.7% 2.4% 1,791
October
2017
4.1% 2.7% 2.6% 1,922
September
2017
4.2% 2.7% 2.6% 1,946
August
2017
4.4% 2.7% 2.5% 1,823
July
2017
4.3% 2.8% 2.4% 1,813
June
2017
4.3% 2.9% 2.5% 1,896
May
2017
4.3% 2.9% 2.6% 1,939
April
2017
4.4% 2.8% 2.4% 1,838
March
2017
4.5% 2.8% 2.3% 1,773
February
2017
4.7% 2.7% 2.3% 1,767
January
2017
4.8% 2.7% 2.3% 1,763

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.