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Portsmouth, New Hampshire Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Portsmouth fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2018 to 2.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the New Hampshire rate. The unemployment rate in Portsmouth peaked in January 2010 at 6.1% and is now 3.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.1% in February 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Portsmouth unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
New Hampshire 2.6% -0.1 0.0
Portsmouth 2.3% 0.0 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 May 2009 at 4,418. There are now 2,652 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,649 in February 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 117.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Portsmouth 1,766 -40 -45

Number of Unemployed Persons

Portsmouth, New Hampshire Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New Hampshire
Unemployment Rate
Portsmouth
Unemployment Rate
Portsmouth
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 2.6% 2.3% 1,766
September
2018
3.7% 2.7% 2.3% 1,806
August
2018
3.9% 2.7% 2.4% 1,876
July
2018
3.9% 2.7% 2.4% 1,902
June
2018
4.0% 2.7% 2.5% 1,905
May
2018
3.8% 2.7% 2.5% 1,915
April
2018
3.9% 2.6% 2.4% 1,887
March
2018
4.1% 2.6% 2.2% 1,717
February
2018
4.1% 2.6% 2.1% 1,649
January
2018
4.1% 2.6% 2.2% 1,715
December
2017
4.1% 2.6% 2.2% 1,709

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.