COVID-19 to blame for 17.1% spike in unemployment
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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused an estimated spike of 17.1% in unemployment for New Hampshire through the week ending May 2, with Manchester hit even harder.
Meanwhile, New Hampshire last week notched its fifth-straight weekly decline in initial jobless claims.
More than 182,000 New Hampshire workers have applied for new unemployment benefits in the past eight weeks amid the coronavirus pandemic — about equal to the combined populations of Nashua, Concord, Derry and Exeter.