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9. Portsmouth, NH

Portsmouth, a seaport whose metropolitan area includes a portion of the neighboring state of Maine, saw jobs grow by 6.6 percent over the year in question.

The largest employer in Portsmouth is the Hospital Corporation of America, according to the city’s 2009 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, employing 1,150 people.

As in Glens Falls, the largest industry employment changes were in the Leisure and Hospitality sector, with a 31 percent boost in total nonfarm employment in that sector.

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