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Portsmouth, New Hampshire Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Portsmouth fell 0.1 percentage points in April 2022 to 2.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the New Hampshire rate. The unemployment rate in Portsmouth peaked in April 2020 at 14.1% and is now 11.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare Portsmouth unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
New Hampshire 2.3% -0.1 -1.5
Portsmouth 2.2% -0.1 -1.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2022 data as May 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 April 2020 at 10,226. There are now 8,533 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Portsmouth 1,693 -93 -1,154

Number of Unemployed Persons

Portsmouth, New Hampshire Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New Hampshire
Unemployment Rate
Portsmouth
Unemployment Rate
Portsmouth
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 2.3% 2.2% 1,693
March
2022
3.6% 2.4% 2.3% 1,786
February
2022
3.8% 2.7% 2.5% 1,902
January
2022
4.0% 2.9% 2.7% 2,050
December
2021
3.9% 3.0% 2.7% 2,114
November
2021
4.2% 3.0% 2.7% 2,104
October
2021
4.6% 3.1% 2.7% 2,113
September
2021
4.7% 3.2% 2.9% 2,194
August
2021
5.2% 3.4% 3.0% 2,310
July
2021
5.4% 3.5% 3.2% 2,450
June
2021
5.9% 3.6% 3.4% 2,597

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.