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Labor Force and Unemployment

Unemployment News Release
Monthly release of statewide seasonally adjusted estimates of the number employed and the number unemployed in the state. The state unemployment rate is then calculated based on these numbers. Considering the drastic and sudden shifts in published labor force statistics throughout the pandemic, the seasonal adjustment process has become more important than ever in order to allow for reliable comparisons. Therefore, we are only reporting on the seasonally adjusted numbers for purposes of this release as this is the metric most heavily relied upon to compare states against their own past performance and also to gauge states against one another. The latest not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is located on the ELMI home page. Not seasonally adjusted estimates remain the basis for Local Area Unemployment Statistics published below.

LAUS Release Schedule pdf file


Unemployment Rates by State in Rank Order pdf file (07/19/24) | Chart: Unemployment Rates by State pdf file

Note: Unemployment rates by state in rank order are updated following the Bureau of Labor Statistics release of all states labor force statistics, which typically occurs a few days after the New Hampshire statewide release.


Annual Benchmark Revisions of Employment and Unemployment Statistics

Benchmarking pdf file is the process of re-estimating statistics as more complete data become available. The Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program benchmarks prior years’ estimates annually.

  • 1976-2023 Statewide Benchmarked Unemployment Estimates
    Based on the revised Statistical and Seasonal Adjustment Methodologies implemented in January 2024, by the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the years 1976 through the present
    Seasonally Adjusted Excel file pdf file | Not Seasonally Adjusted Excel file pdf file (benchmarked 02/27/2024)


Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS)
Monthly estimated labor force, employment, unemployment, and unemployment rates for the United States, New Hampshire, and substate regions.

  • June 27, 2024: May 2024 Microsoft Excel Symbol | Adobe Acrobat file | Publication & Data Archive
    • Latest LAUS benchmarked editions: 2022 pdf file (updated 03/28/24) | 2023 pdf file (updated 03/28/24)
    • LAUS Over-The-Month Comparison Microsoft Excel format | pdf file
  • June 27, 2024: City and Town Unemployment Rates Excel file | pdf file | Data Archive


Seasonally Adjusted Metropolitan Area Estimates
In July 2015 the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program completed the model specifications necessary to resume publishing seasonally adjusted civilian labor force and unemployment estimates for all metropolitan areas and metropolitan divisions. Available areas include Dover-Durham, NH-ME MetroNECTA; Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division; Manchester, NH MetroNECTA; and Portsmouth, NH-ME MetroNECTA.

Seasonally Adjusted Metropolitan Areas Excel file (07/03/24)


Alternative Measures of Labor Underutilization
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics provides estimates for six measures of labor underutilization based on results of the Current Population Survey. These measures were developed to provide data users with two measures that are more narrowly defined and three measures that are more broadly defined than the traditional unemployment rate. These measures are available quarterly in the form of a four-quarter average. These measures are not directly comparable to the official New Hampshire unemployment rate.

Alternative Measures of Labor Underutilization

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