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Portsmouth, New Hampshire Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Portsmouth fell 0.2 percentage points in November 2020 to 4.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the New Hampshire rate. The unemployment rate in Portsmouth peaked in April 2020 at 14.8% and is now 10.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Portsmouth unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
New Hampshire 3.8% -0.4 +1.2
Portsmouth 4.1% -0.2 +1.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2020 data as December 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 7,387 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Portsmouth 3,021 -56 +1,265

Number of Unemployed Persons

Portsmouth, New Hampshire Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New Hampshire
Unemployment Rate
Portsmouth
Unemployment Rate
Portsmouth
Unemployed
December
2020
6.7%
November
2020
6.7% 3.8% 4.1% 3,021
October
2020
6.9% 4.2% 4.3% 3,077
September
2020
7.8% 5.8% 5.6% 4,056
August
2020
8.4% 6.6% 6.2% 4,567
July
2020
10.2% 8.0% 8.1% 5,870
June
2020
11.1% 9.2% 8.2% 5,862
May
2020
13.3% 15.4% 13.1% 9,325
April
2020
14.8% 17.1% 14.8% 10,408
March
2020
4.4% 2.4% 2.1% 1,584
February
2020
3.5% 2.6% 2.3% 1,792
January
2020
3.5% 2.6% 2.3% 1,774

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.