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NH Preliminary Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rate - April 2020

New Hampshire’s preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April 2020 was 16.3 percent, reflecting the impact on unemployment due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and efforts to contain it. This is the highest unemployment rate in the history of the series (seasonally adjusted data are available back to 1976). This was an increase of 13.9 percentage points from the March rate, which decreased to 2.4 percent after revision. The April 2019 seasonally adjusted rate was 2.5 percent.

Although not seasonally adjusted labor force statistics typically should not be used for comparison purposes, they present a more accurate measure of New Hampshire’s employment situation in April due to the coronavirus pandemic. The unadjusted April 2020 unemployment rate for New Hampshire was 17.2 percent, the highest unemployment rate in the history of the series. This was an increase of 14.4 percentage points from the March rate, which remained at 2.8 percent after revision. The April 2019 unadjusted rate was 2.5 percent.

Not seasonally adjusted estimates for April 2020 placed the number of employed residents at 590,980, a decrease of 152,150 from March and the lowest level since May 1994. The number of unemployed residents increased by 101,490 over-the-month to 122,570, the highest level in the history of the series. From March to April 2020, the total labor force decreased by 50,660 to 713,550.