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Portsmouth, New Hampshire Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Portsmouth fell 2.3 percentage points in May 2020 to 12.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.9 percentage points lower than the New Hampshire rate. The unemployment rate in Portsmouth peaked in April 2020 at 14.8% and is now 2.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare Portsmouth unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
New Hampshire 15.4% -1.7 +12.9
Portsmouth 12.5% -2.3 +10.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 1,535 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Portsmouth 8,873 -1,535 +7,094

Number of Unemployed Persons

Portsmouth, New Hampshire Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New Hampshire
Unemployment Rate
Portsmouth
Unemployment Rate
Portsmouth
Unemployed
July
2020
10.2%
June
2020
11.1% 11.8%
May
2020
13.3% 15.4% 12.5% 8,873
April
2020
14.7% 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
3.6% 2.6% 2.3% 1,774
December
2019
3.5% 2.6% 2.2% 1,747
November
2019
3.5% 2.6% 2.3% 1,756
October
2019
3.6% 2.6% 2.3% 1,764
September
2019
3.5% 2.6% 2.3% 1,771
August
2019
3.7% 2.6% 2.3% 1,775

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.