Unemployment rate down in N.H.

The New England Information Office of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, or BLS, has released New England and state unemployment numbers for January 2014.  These data are supplied by the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program, which produces monthly and annual employment, unemployment, and labor force data for Census regions and divisions, states, counties, metropolitan areas, and many cities, by place of residence. 

The New England unemployment rate declined to 6.7 percent in January. One year ago, the New England jobless rate was 7.1 percent. The national jobless rate was little changed at 6.6 percent from December and was 1.3 percentage point lower than in January 2013. 

Three New England states posted jobless rates that were significantly different from that of the United States. Vermont at 4.0 percent and New Hampshire at 4.9 percent recorded lower-than-average unemployment rates. In contrast, Rhode Island, at 9.2 percent, had a jobless rate that was significantly higher than the national average of 6.6 percent and was the highest unemployment rate in the nation.

Three New England states recorded statistically significant unemployment rate decreases over the month: Massachusetts and New Hampshire were down -0.3 percentage point each and Vermont was down -0.2.

Over the last year, Maine was the only New England state to record a statistically significant unemployment rate change, down 0.8 percentage point. Twenty-four additional states and the District of Columbia reported statistically significant unemployment rate changes from January 2013, all of which were declines.

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