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  • Administrative Office 45 South Fruit Street Concord, NH 03301-4857

    For Immediate Release: June 25, 2020

    New claims for unemployment continued to fall during the week ending June 20th. For the week, 5,276 individuals filed claims for unemployment insurance with the State of New Hampshire’s Department of Employment Security, down 1,155 (or 18%) from a revised 6,431 during the week ending June 13th, 2020. New Hampshire, by far, had the largest percentage decline in initial claims in New England. On a not seasonally adjusted basis, the number of initial claims nationally declined minimally by just 5,990 or less than one-half of one percent compared to the week ending June 13th. A total of 19 states experienced increases in the number of initial claims filed during the week, led by California with an additional 45,930 new claims, Maryland with 8,494, and Indiana with 7,868 initial claims.

    Continuing claims (by individuals who remain unemployed and file a “continuing claim” for unemployment insurance) is an important metric in assessing any state’s progress of economic recovery from pandemic-required restrictions and related economic effects. As of the week ending June 13th (continuing claims are reported with a one-week lag), New Hampshire had 92,132 continued claims, down 6,308 or six percent from 98,440 claims during the week ending June 6th. Nationally, continuing claims decreased by three percent on a not seasonally adjusted basis. The accompanying chart shows how New Hampshire compares to other states on the number of continuing claims as a percentage of the state’s pre-Covid (February 2020) labor force, for the week ending June 13th, February labor force numbers are used because of misclassification of workers as either unemployed or out of the labor force have plagued estimates nationwide since March. Using February labor force numbers provides a truer indication of the impact of continued claims on the state’s labor force and economy.

    As the chart shows, in New England, only Maine has a lower percentage of continuing claims compared





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    Manchester 353 -29 -7.6% 17,827 9,584

    Nashua 175 -37 -17.5% 9,850 5,239

    Claremont 157 118 302.6% 1,377 626

    Charlestown 151 145 2416.7% 577 224

    Rochester 84 -5 -5.6% 4,297 2,381

    Concord 80 -18 -18.4% 5,391 2,878

    Dover 71 -6 -7.8% 4,183 2,244

    Derry 70 -4 -5.4% 4,185 2,207

    Hillsborough 50 3 6.4% 884 453

    Merrimack 48 -14 -22.6% 2,925 1,546

    Hudson 46 -2 -4.2% 2,625 1343

    Laconia 42 6 16.7% 2,518 1,392

    Salem 42 -2 -4.5% 2,714 1,462

    Exeter 41 14 51.9% 1,606 809

    Keene 40 -17 -29.8% 2,508 1318

    Goffstown 38 2 5.6% 2,091 1,097

    Bedford 36 -10 -21.7% 1,928 987

    Hooksett 36 1 2.9% 1,842 934

    Londonderry 36 -9 -20.0% 2,777 1476

    Hampton 35 2 6.1% 2,109 1,128

    † New data for Continued Claims is released monthly

  • 2 Release Date: June 25, 2020COVID-19 Unemployment Rates Impact on NH

    to its pre-pandemic labor force than does New Hampshire. These comparisons do not consider differing eligibility rules for unemployment claims. New Hampshire, which expanded eligibility sooner, will thus have a higher percentage than many states that have more restrictive eligibility rules.

    Town-by-town breakouts of the number of new claims filed by New Hampshire residents who also work in the state are available with a one-week lag (through June 13th). Two communities that have not regularly appeared on the list of towns with the most initial claims, Claremont (+118) and Charlestown (+145), had large increases in initial claim filings compared to the prior week. Continuing claims by town are reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics just once per month, with the most recent being continued claims for the week ending May 23rd.

    The claims numbers presented in Table 1 and Table 4 are based on where an individual lives, not where they work, and do not include initial claims of New Hampshire residents who work out-of-state (who file claims in the state where the business they work is located). For towns with a higher percentage of New Hampshire workers commuting out to another state, claim numbers may not reflect the actual number of individuals living in the town who have filed a new unemployment claim. A town in Rockingham, Hillsborough, or Strafford Counties, with a large number of residents commuting to work in Massachusetts, may have a larger number of new claims than is presented in

    1 The February 2020 labor force count for each town is used for this analysis.

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    these tables because those New Hampshire residents will have filed their claims in Massachusetts. Thirty percent of workers who live in Rockingham County work outside of New Hampshire, while 22 percent of Hillsborough and Strafford County workers are employed in another state.

    Our “Covid-19 Affected Unemployment Rate” measures the number of continuing claims as a percentage of pre- Covid-19 labor force as a metric to indicate the impact of pandemic-related impacts on employment in the state, its counties, and communities. At this time continuing claims by town are only reported on a monthly basis, however, we continue to report initial claims on a weekly and cumulative basis to provide the most current available updates to claims data.

    A complete listing of the cumulative initial unemployment claims by town, as well as the number of continuing claims (alphabetically for towns with at least 25 new claims) since March 15th as well as the number of continued claims (as of May 23rd) as a percentage of the town’s labor force1, is presented in Table 4 at the end of this release. The “Covid19 Affected Unemployment Rate” reported in this release is not equivalent to a town’s traditional unemployment rate as it only counts continuing unemployment claims filed during the reference week (in this case May 23rd), and does not include New Hampshire residents who have filed an unemployment claim if they work in another state. It is presented here, along with the total number of initial claims filed in each community since

  • 3 Release Date: June 25, 2020COVID-19 Unemployment Rates Impact on NH

    March 15th, to provide a metric of the relative employment impacts of Covid-19 on the population of each community.2 For the week ending May 23rd, which is nearly two weeks later than the time period used to calculate the state’s official monthly unemployment rate (the week containing the 12th of the month) New Hampshire’s “Covid-19 Affected Unemployment Rate” was 10.7 percent. Differences between the Covid-19 Affected Unemployment Rate and the official New Hampshire unemployment rate include the fact that the Covid-19 Affected Rate is based entirely on continuing claims for unemployment for residents who live and work in New Hampshire, while the official rate includes data from a survey of households in the state and is not concerned in which state a New Hampshire residents works. Another difference is the use of February 2020 labor force numbers in calculating the Covid-19 Affected

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