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NH unemployment rate decreases for May

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- New Hampshire's monthly unemployment rate for May is 5.3 percent, a slight decrease from April.

The state Employment Security bureau says the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April was 5.5 percent.

The May 2012 seasonally adjusted rate for New Hampshire was 5.5 percent.

The national rate for the month was 7.6 percent, an increase of 0.1 percentage points from the April rate.

The number of employed residents in New Hampshire this past May was 704,960, an increase of 1,800 from the previous month and an increase of 3,660 from May 2012.

The number of unemployed residents decreased by 1,350 over the month, to 39,680. This was 950 fewer unemployed than in May 2012.