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Portsmouth, New Hampshire Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Portsmouth fell 0.0 percentage points in August 2019 to 2.2%. 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 3.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.2% in January 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Portsmouth unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.1
New Hampshire 2.5% 0.0 0.0
Portsmouth 2.2% 0.0 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2019 data as September 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 June 2009 at 4,380. There are now 2,643 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,712 in March 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 25.

Unemployed Persons August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Portsmouth 1,737 +10 -58

Number of Unemployed Persons

Portsmouth, New Hampshire Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New Hampshire
Unemployment Rate
Portsmouth
Unemployment Rate
Portsmouth
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5% 2.5%
August
2019
3.7% 2.5% 2.2% 1,737
July
2019
3.7% 2.5% 2.2% 1,727
June
2019
3.7% 2.5% 2.2% 1,741
May
2019
3.6% 2.4% 2.2% 1,748
April
2019
3.6% 2.4% 2.2% 1,730
March
2019
3.8% 2.4% 2.2% 1,712
February
2019
3.8% 2.4% 2.2% 1,723
January
2019
4.0% 2.4% 2.2% 1,748
December
2018
3.9% 2.4% 2.3% 1,761
November
2018
3.7% 2.4% 2.3% 1,757
October
2018
3.8% 2.4% 2.3% 1,757

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.