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Thursday, January 26, 2012

December local jobless rates: Nashua, area towns keep improving

Most communities in Greater Nashua continued to see a relatively good employment picture in December. Almost all area communities have better jobless rates than they did a year ago, and most are better than the state average.

According to the New Hampshire Labor Market Information Bureau, Nashua’s jobless in December fell to 5.1 percent, the same as the state rate. This is the first month in more than a year that Nashua’s jobless rate hasn’t been worse than the state average.

That rate is significantly below the city’s jobless rate in December 2010.

The situation in Merrimack is more impressive: It’s jobless rate plummeted, from 6.1 percent in December 2010 to 4.4 percent last month.

Hudson’s rate fell from 5.9 percent a year ago to 5.3 percent; the rate in Milford fell from 4.7 percent to 4.2 percent; while Bedford’s jobless rate, which has long been the lowest in the region, slipped to 3.9 percent.

Manchester also saw a sharp year-to-year improvement, from 6.1 percent down to 5.4 percent in December 2011.

All figures haven’t been seasonally adjusted.

– DAVID BROOKS