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Portsmouth, New Hampshire Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Portsmouth fell 0.0 percentage points in July 2021 to 2.9%. 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 14.1% and is now 11.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.9% in April 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Portsmouth unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
New Hampshire 2.9% 0.0 -5.2
Portsmouth 2.9% 0.0 -4.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August 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 10,184. There are now 7,961 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,197 in June 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 26.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Portsmouth 2,223 +26 -3,623

Number of Unemployed Persons

Portsmouth, New Hampshire Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New Hampshire
Unemployment Rate
Portsmouth
Unemployment Rate
Portsmouth
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 2.9% 2.9% 2,223
June
2021
5.9% 2.9% 2.9% 2,197
May
2021
5.8% 2.9% 2.9% 2,206
April
2021
6.1% 2.8% 2.9% 2,250
March
2021
6.0% 3.0% 3.0% 2,271
February
2021
6.2% 3.3% 3.0% 2,272
January
2021
6.3% 3.6% 3.6% 2,770
December
2020
6.7% 3.8% 3.7% 2,859
November
2020
6.7% 4.2% 4.0% 3,060
October
2020
6.9% 4.7% 4.4% 3,344
September
2020
7.8% 5.5% 4.9% 3,738

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.