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Friday, December 23, 2011

November: Jobless rate improved in most communities since Nov. 2010

Most Nashua-area communities had lower jobless rates in November than they had a year ago, and have lower jobless rates than the state as a whole, according to preliminary data.

Nashua’s jobless rate fell sharply in the past year, from 6.3 percent in 2010 November to 5.5 percent this November, not seasonally adjusted.

That is still higher than the state jobless rate of 4.9 percent, but much better than the national rate of 8.6 percent.

Many other area towns also saw sharp improvement from 2010: Hudson’s rate fell from 5.8 percent to 4.9 percent; Merrimack’s rate fell from 5.5 percent to 4.7 percent; Milford’s rate fell from 5.2 percent to 4.3 percent; and Amherst’s rate fell from 4.8 percent to 4.3 percent.

The only local towns that saw an increase in jobless rates since November 2010 were Wilton, Mont Vernon and the Mascenic towns of New Ipswich and Greenville. Bedford’s jobless rate also slipped slightly but remains the best in the area, at 4 percent.

Most Massachusetts towns bordering the area have also improved their rates in the past month.