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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

January: NH jobless rate was fifth best in the country

New Hampshire had one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country in January – 5.2 percent – as its jobs picture continues to slowly improve.

The January figure, released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Labor, was less than last January’s rate of 5.6 percent. It was the same as the December 2011 jobless rate.

For years, New England has fared better than the nation as a whole in terms of the jobless rate. Massachusetts’ January rate was 6.9 percent, compared to the national average of 8.3 percent; Vermont’s rate was 5 percent, the fourth-best in the country. Maine’s was 7 percent.

In New England, only Rhode Island (10.9 percent unemployment) is worse than the national average.

– DAVID BROOKS