March jobless rate: Still falling slowly in most area towns
New Hampshire’s jobless rate continues to hover between 5 percent and 6 percent, where it has been for the past year. The March unemployment figure, not seasonally adjusted, was 5.6 percent, the same as March one year ago.
In Greater Nashua, however, things look brighter. The March jobless rate fell in almost every community from one month earlier, and also from one year earlier.
Nashua’s jobless rate of 6.1 percent, Merrimack’s rate of 4.7 percent and Milford’s rate of 4.5 percent were all two-tenths of a percentage point less than in the previous month, and at least that much below the rate in March 2011.
Hudson’s rate of 6.7 percent was the same as February, but two-tenths of a point below the March 2011 rate.
– DAVID BROOKS