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Portsmouth, New Hampshire Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Portsmouth fell 0.1 percentage points in November 2021 to 2.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the New Hampshire rate. The unemployment rate in Portsmouth peaked in April 2020 at 14.1% and is now 11.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Portsmouth unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
New Hampshire 2.7% -0.2 -1.5
Portsmouth 2.6% -0.1 -1.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 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 10,184. There are now 8,221 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Portsmouth 1,963 -89 -1,097

Number of Unemployed Persons

Portsmouth, New Hampshire Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New Hampshire
Unemployment Rate
Portsmouth
Unemployment Rate
Portsmouth
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 2.7% 2.6% 1,963
October
2021
4.6% 2.9% 2.7% 2,052
September
2021
4.7% 2.9% 2.8% 2,119
August
2021
5.2% 3.0% 2.9% 2,189
July
2021
5.4% 2.9% 2.9% 2,219
June
2021
5.9% 2.9% 2.9% 2,197
May
2021
5.8% 2.9% 2.9% 2,206
April
2021
6.0% 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
6.4% 3.6% 3.6% 2,770

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.