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Thursday, April 19, 2012

March: N.H. jobless rate is 5.2 percent, much better than national average

New Hampshire’s preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for March was 5.2 percent, unchanged from February and slightly better than the March 2011 seasonally adjusted rate of 5.4 percent.

As has been the case for a decade, New Hampshire’s jobless rate was much better than the national rate.

Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for March 2012 was 8.2 percent, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the February rate and a decrease of 0.7 percentage points from the March 2011 rate.

Seasonally adjusted estimates for March placed the number of employed residents in New Hampshire at 704,520, an increase of 240 from the previous month and an increase of 6,630 from March 2011.

From February to March 2012, the total labor force increased by 310 to 742,920, which was an increase of 5,190 from a year earlier.

– Telegraph Staff