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For Immediate Release
June 23, 2021

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Ranking: NH Lowest Unemployment Rate in the Nation

Concord, NH – Today, following release of May state by state unemployment numbers by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, which show New Hampshire as having the lowest unemployment rate in the country, Governor Chris Sununu issued the following statement:
 
“For a second month in a row, New Hampshire has the lowest unemployment rate in the nation,” said Governor Chris Sununu. “As we head into a booming 603 summer, our pro-growth, pro-jobs agenda is paying dividends for the citizens and small businesses of our state. New Hampshire is open for business.”
 
Prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, New Hampshire boasted one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country at 2.7 percent. The state’s unemployment steadily dropped following a peak of 16.0 percent in April of 2020. May of 2021’s job report displays a return to pre-pandemic unemployment levels.
 
In a continued effort to provide Granite Staters with the tools to re-enter the workforce, New Hampshire Employment Security has already held 23 virtual job fairs that have connected 10,000 job-seekers with 1,000 employers.
 
At 2.5 percent, New Hampshire has the lowest unemployment rate in the nation, followed by Nebraska and Vermont at 2.6 percent, and Utah at 2.7 percent.