Department of Numbers

New Hampshire Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for New Hampshire fell 0.0 percentage points in January 2020 to 2.6%. The state unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in New Hampshire peaked in May 2009 at 6.5% and is now 3.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.5% in July 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see New Hampshire unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate January 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% +0.1 -0.4
New Hampshire 2.6% 0.0 +0.1

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

Unemployment Rate: New Hampshire, National

New Hampshire monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to January 2020

Note: Recessions shown in gray

New Hampshire Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in New Hampshire peaked in June 2009 at 48,715. There are now 28,775 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 18,989 in October 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 951. New Hampshire job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
New Hampshire 19,940 +38 +711

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in New Hampshire from 1990 to January 2020

New Hampshire Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New Hampshire
Unemployment Rate
New Hampshire
Unemployed
February 2020 3.5%
January 2020 3.6% 2.6% 19,940
December 2019 3.5% 2.6% 19,902
November 2019 3.5% 2.6% 19,917
October 2019 3.6% 2.6% 19,938
September 2019 3.5% 2.6% 19,926
August 2019 3.7% 2.6% 19,881
July 2019 3.7% 2.6% 19,802
June 2019 3.7% 2.5% 19,698
May 2019 3.6% 2.5% 19,599
April 2019 3.6% 2.5% 19,514
March 2019 3.8% 2.5% 19,434