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Portsmouth, New Hampshire Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Portsmouth fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2021 to 3.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the New Hampshire rate. The unemployment rate in Portsmouth peaked in April 2020 at 14.8% and is now 11.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Portsmouth unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
New Hampshire 3.3% -0.3 +0.7
Portsmouth 3.3% -0.1 +1.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 data as March 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 10,408. There are now 7,854 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Portsmouth 2,554 -41 +762

Number of Unemployed Persons

Portsmouth, New Hampshire Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New Hampshire
Unemployment Rate
Portsmouth
Unemployment Rate
Portsmouth
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 3.3% 3.3% 2,554
January
2021
6.3% 3.6% 3.4% 2,595
December
2020
6.7% 3.8% 4.1% 2,995
November
2020
6.7% 4.2% 4.2% 3,045
October
2020
6.9% 4.7% 4.3% 3,077
September
2020
7.8% 5.5% 5.6% 4,056
August
2020
8.4% 6.6% 6.2% 4,567
July
2020
10.2% 8.1% 8.1% 5,870
June
2020
11.1% 10.3% 8.2% 5,862
May
2020
13.3% 13.4% 13.1% 9,325
April
2020
14.8% 16.0% 14.8% 10,408

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.