Lynch: Unemployment benefits increasing in NH

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New Hampshire’s unemployment rate rose to 5.1 percent last month, but it’s still well below the national rate of 7.6 percent.

Those collecting unemployment will see their benefits go up as part of the federal stimulus package signed into law by President Obama last week. Gov. John Lynch says the modest increase will help unemployed residents provide for their families as they look for a new job.

Benefits are increasing $25 a week for the rest of this year. Lynch says the increase should appear in unemployment checks in the next couple of weeks.

The increase applies to all benefit payments including first 26 weeks of regular unemployment benefits and the 20-week federal extension.

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