Department of Numbers

New Hampshire Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for New Hampshire fell 0.3 percentage points in May 2021 to 2.5%. The state unemployment rate was 3.3 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in New Hampshire peaked in April 2020 at 16.0% and is now 13.5 percentage points lower. You can also see New Hampshire unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
New Hampshire 2.5% -0.3 -10.9

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 2021

Note: Recessions shown in gray

New Hampshire Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in New Hampshire peaked in April 2020 at 117,688. There are now 99,075 fewer people unemployed in the state. New Hampshire job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
New Hampshire 18,613 -2,762 -84,017

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in New Hampshire from 1990 to May 2021

New Hampshire Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New Hampshire
Unemployment Rate
New Hampshire
Unemployed
June 2021 5.9%
May 2021 5.8% 2.5% 18,613
April 2021 6.1% 2.8% 21,375
March 2021 6.0% 3.0% 22,866
February 2021 6.2% 3.3% 24,757
January 2021 6.3% 3.6% 27,135
December 2020 6.7% 3.8% 29,220
November 2020 6.7% 4.2% 32,075
October 2020 6.9% 4.7% 36,127
September 2020 7.8% 5.5% 41,842
August 2020 8.4% 6.6% 50,074
July 2020 10.2% 8.1% 61,876