May 2, 2016 1:29 PM

Good news, bad news for New Hampshire's low unemployment

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — There's good news and bad news for New Hampshire's low unemployment rate: It's the second-lowest in the country, but it's creating a problem for some companies that want to hire and can't find the skilled workers they need.

New Hampshire's unemployment rate is 2.6 percent in March, behind South Dakota's of 2.5 percent. It was last reached in early 2000.

Bruce DeMay of the New Hampshire Department of Employment Security says the state has gained back most of the jobs it has lost during the recession and it has a very high labor force participation rate.

But business and employment representatives say the manufacturing, high-tech and health care industries are among those having difficulty finding specialized workers for their fields.

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