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 2018 to 2.7%. The state unemployment rate was 1.1 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 3.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.6% in September 2017, 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 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.1 -0.5
New Hampshire 2.7% +0.1 0.0

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

Unemployment Rate: New Hampshire, National

New Hampshire monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 2018

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 28,734 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 19,225 in February 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 756. New Hampshire job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
New Hampshire 19,981 +336 -138

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in New Hampshire from 1990 to May 2018

New Hampshire Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New Hampshire
Unemployment Rate
New Hampshire
Unemployed
June 2018 4.0%
May 2018 3.8% 2.7% 19,981
April 2018 3.9% 2.6% 19,645
March 2018 4.1% 2.6% 19,259
February 2018 4.1% 2.6% 19,225
January 2018 4.1% 2.6% 19,364
December 2017 4.1% 2.6% 19,431
November 2017 4.1% 2.6% 19,431
October 2017 4.1% 2.6% 19,498
September 2017 4.2% 2.6% 19,671
August 2017 4.4% 2.7% 19,840
July 2017 4.3% 2.7% 19,971