NH jobless rate 6.2%, highest since 1993

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Unemployment in New Hampshire reached 6.2% in March, the highest since mid-1993.

The rate is up a half-point from February and 2.5 percentage points from last March.

In numbers, nearly 46,000 people were out of work in the state last month. That’s 3,500 more than in February, and a whopping 18,000 more than in March 2008.

State labor economist Annette Nielsen says most of the increase in the past year has come in the last three months.

The national jobless rate for March was 8.5%.

The state figures came out Monday, four days after about 10,000 job-seekers swamped a statewide job fair in Manchester. The fair had to cut off admissions after only two hours.

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