Governor John Lynch today announced New Hampshire's unemployment rate dropped to 5 percent in April, down from 5.2 percent in March. The national rate was 8.1 percent for April.
According to New Hampshire Employment Security, the state's unemployment rate of 5 percent is the lowest it has been since December of 2008, when the rate was 4.8 percent.
There were more than 6,800 people employed in New Hampshire in April than the previous year.
"This is good news for our state, our people and our economy, and a sign that our economic strategy is working. Not only has our unemployment rate dropped, but there are more than 6,800 people working now than there were in April of last year, which is a real indicator that our economy is strengthening," Governor Lynch said. "As we acknowledge this good news, we must also be mindful that 37,000 New Hampshire citizens are still looking for work. That is why, as Governor, my focus continues to be investing in our workers, keeping New Hampshire one of the most business-friendly states in the nation and helping businesses create jobs."