State’s unemployment rate down a bit more for August

September 15, 2020 GMT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s unemployment rate for August was 6.5%, a 1.5% decrease from July, officials said Tuesday.

The number still reflects the impact on unemployment because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The August 2019 seasonally adjusted rate was 2.6%.

The number of unemployed residents decreased by 11,240 over the month to 47,670. This was 27,790 more unemployed than in August 2019. From July to August 2020, the total labor force increased by 3,030 to 737,420. This was a decrease of 38,180 from August 2019.

Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August was 8.4%, a decrease of 1.8 percentage points from the July rate, and an increase of 4.7 percentage points from the August 2019 rate.