In third month of pandemic-forced economic shutdown, New Hampshire jobless claims still nine times higher than before outbreak
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New Hampshire saw an eighth consecutive decline in new jobless claims last week, according to the latest data.
Numbers released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Labor show that about 6,000 Granite State residents filed for unemployment benefits for the week ending May 30. That’s a 17 percent drop from the previous week’s 7,200 filings.
Since the state’s economy was largely shut down by Gov. Chris Sununu in mid-March, about 205,000 people have filed for unemployment benefits in New Hampshire. For the week ending March 14, the last week before the spike in coronavirus cases led to the shutdown, New Hampshire saw only 642 jobless claims.