Economy http://nhpr.org en Understanding Long-Term Unemployment http://nhpr.org/post/understanding-long-term-unemployment <p>Upon first glance, the numbers look good, the U.S. jobless rate now sits at 6.6%, a full 1.6% better than last year. But dig deeper into those numbers and you find a different story: currently 4 million Americans have been out of work for more than half a year, and in New Hampshire that makes up nearly 32% of the jobless. But now, the stress of long-term unemployment is being felt even more as the extensions usually given after 6 &nbsp;months were dropped in December leaving 1,300 in New Hampshire and nearly 2 million nationwide without benefits. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 14:24:28 +0000 Laura Knoy 44047 at http://nhpr.org Understanding Long-Term Unemployment Gov. Hassan Calls On Lawmakers To Increase N.H.'s Minimum Wage http://nhpr.org/post/gov-hassan-calls-lawmakers-increase-nhs-minimum-wage <p>In her State of the State address today, Governor Maggie Hassan called on state lawmakers to restore and increase New Hampshire’s minimum wage.</p><p>The state Legislature in 2011 eliminated the state minimum wage and defaulted to the federal wage of $7.25 an hour.</p><p>Senator Lou D’Allesandro, a Manchester Democrat, agrees the minimum wage should be raised, but knows the debate will be a long and difficult one.</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 21:53:42 +0000 Michael Brindley & Associated Press 43141 at http://nhpr.org N.H.'s Economy - On The Rebound? http://nhpr.org/post/nhs-economy-rebound <p>Just many places across the country, the New Hampshire’s recover from the recession has been slow. Recently, though, many are pointing to signs of an upswing. Housing prices are going up, while foreclosures are going down.&nbsp; Consumer confidence is better than it has been in a while, and unemployment is now at 5.1% - 11th best in the country. But all is not perfect:&nbsp; many in the Granite State worry about high energy costs, the Affordable Care Act’s effect on business, and uneven progress in different regions of the state. Tue, 04 Feb 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 42910 at http://nhpr.org N.H.'s Economy - On The Rebound? Rethink 2014: America's Place In The Global Economy (Or, What's Wrong With Being Number Two?) http://nhpr.org/post/rethink-2014-americas-place-global-economy-or-whats-wrong-being-number-two <p>After years of isolationism, the U.S. rose in the 20<sup>th</sup> century to become the world’s sole superpower. Today, economic growth is slow, unemployment and income inequality are rising, and political impasses have ground policy initiatives to a halt. America’s status in global manufacturing, education, and innovation is slipping. Many economists project that China is poised to overtake the U.S. as the world’s largest economy. It all sounds pretty bleak…but economist <strong><a href="http://charleskenny.blogs.com/weblog/" target="_blank">Charles Kenny</a></strong> paints a much rosier picture. In his book<a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Upside-Down-Charles-Kenny/dp/0465064736/" target="_blank"> <em><u>The Upside of Down: Why the Rise of the Rest is Good for the West</u> </em></a>he argues that Americans should stop worrying and learn to love the decline. Wed, 15 Jan 2014 19:48:36 +0000 Virginia Prescott 41896 at http://nhpr.org Rethink 2014: America's Place In The Global Economy (Or, What's Wrong With Being Number Two?) Farmers Return To Conventional Seeds For Crops http://nhpr.org/post/farmers-return-conventional-seeds-crops <p>While an increasing number of states and retailers are looking to pass GMO labeling laws, planting genetically modified corn, soybeans, and cotton remains the norm among North American farmers.&nbsp; Seed makers claim that of modified – or treated – crops resist pests and disease, reducing the need for expensive herbicides and pesticides. In pockets across the nation, however, farmers who once championed GMO seeds are complaining that they no longer deliver on those claims. Some are reverting back to conventional seeds for their commodities crops.&nbsp; <strong>Elizabeth Royte</strong> is a contributor for <a href="http://thefern.org/" target="_blank"><em>Fern</em></a>, The Food and Environment Reporting Network.&nbsp; Her article, “The Post GMO-Economy” is featured in the winter issue of <a href="http://modernfarmer.com/2013/12/post-gmo-economy/" target="_blank"><em>Modern Farmer</em></a>.</p><p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 16:18:00 +0000 Virginia Prescott 39939 at http://nhpr.org Farmers Return To Conventional Seeds For Crops The Two New Hampshires http://nhpr.org/post/two-new-hampshires <p>New Hampshire Economist and Chancellor of the Community College System Ross Gitell is looking at the major demographic and economic differences between the rural and more urban parts of our state - a divide he says is growing. We’re talking about that, and his ideas on closing the gap.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><strong><u>GUESTS:</u></strong></p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 39481 at http://nhpr.org The Two New Hampshires NAFTA's Impact On New Hampshire http://nhpr.org/post/naftas-impact-new-hampshire <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jon </span>Bresler<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was an early supporter of the North American Free Trade Agreement. As owner of </span>Suncook<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Woven Labels, a textile company whose customers included Ralph Lauren, The Gap and J.C. Penney, </span>Bresler<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> figured anything that would break down trade barriers between the United States, Mexico and Canada would be good for business.</span></p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 23:07:44 +0000 Brian Wallstin 39133 at http://nhpr.org NAFTA's Impact On New Hampshire Students Speak On Economy, College & Careers http://nhpr.org/post/students-speak-economy-college-careers <p>At the height of the recession, the Class of 2011 was taking PSATs and perusing college brochures. What is it like to make plans for your future in a country whose economic future is uncertain?</p><p>To find out, we talk to four former students of Pembroke Academy: Matthew Lindsay, junior at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Sarah Kelley, junior at University of New Hampshire; Hannah David, junior at University of New Hampshire; and Kali Mara, senior at Plymouth State University</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 21:12:14 +0000 Sara Plourde 38993 at http://nhpr.org Students Speak On Economy, College & Careers Despite Gains, Closing Wage Gap Could Take Decades http://nhpr.org/post/despite-gains-closing-wage-gap-could-take-decades <p>New Hampshire women had plenty to celebrate a year ago, when voters elected a woman to the corner office in Concord and sent the nation’s first all-female congressional delegation to Washington.</p><p>But while the state’s political leadership basked in the media attention, most New Hampshire women continued to struggle with unequal treatment on the job.</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 18:56:38 +0000 Brian Wallstin 38978 at http://nhpr.org Despite Gains, Closing Wage Gap Could Take Decades Class Of 2008: Addie Gann http://nhpr.org/post/class-2008-addie-gann <p></p><p>On September 15th, 2008, the financial services firm Lehman Brothers filed for Chapter 11.&nbsp; The subprime mortgage crisis had been percolating for months by then, as had a global economic decline – but the bankruptcy of the nation’s fourth largest investment bank panicked Wall Street, evaporating liquidity markets, sending the economy sharply downward, and sparking the worst global recession since World War II – a crisis from which the world’s economy is still recovering.</p><p></p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 18:51:28 +0000 Virginia Prescott 38864 at http://nhpr.org Class Of 2008: Addie Gann Class Of 2008: Emily Wienberg http://nhpr.org/post/class-2008-emily-wienberg <p>On September 15th, 2008, the financial services firm Lehman Brothers filed for Chapter 11.&nbsp; The subprime mortgage crisis had been percolating for months by then, as had a global economic decline – but the bankruptcy of the nation’s fourth largest investment bank panicked Wall Street, evaporating liquidity markets, sending the economy sharply downward, and sparking the worst global recession since World War II – a crisis from which the world’s economy is still recovering.</p><p>As part of NHPR’s station-wide series “How We Work: Five Years Later,” Word of Mouth presents “The Class of 2008,” conversations with people who graduated from high school or college around the time of the global economic meltdown.</p><p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 18:55:24 +0000 Virginia Prescott 38861 at http://nhpr.org Class Of 2008: Emily Wienberg Class Of 2008: Tim Mitsopoulos http://nhpr.org/post/class-2008-tim-mitsopoulos <p>On September 15th, 2008, the financial services firm Lehman Brothers filed for Chapter 11.&nbsp; The subprime mortgage crisis had been percolating for months by then, as had a global economic decline – but the bankruptcy of the nation’s fourth largest investment bank panicked Wall Street, evaporating liquidity markets, sending the economy sharply downward, and sparking the worst global recession since World War II – a crisis from which the world’s economy is still recovering.</p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 17:55:31 +0000 Taylor Quimby 38791 at http://nhpr.org Class Of 2008: Tim Mitsopoulos Post-Recession Economy Will Likely Include More 'Underemployment' http://nhpr.org/post/post-recession-economy-will-likely-include-more-underemployment <p>Economic forecasts for New Hampshire have repeatedly predicted slow but steady job growth, for the US as a whole and for New Hampshire. A report last week suggested that<a href="http://nhpr.org/post/lackluster-forecast-nhs-economic-recovery" target="_blank"> the state won’t reach its pre-recession job level until spring of 2014</a>.</p><p>But the number of jobs isn’t the whole story of how we work in New Hampshire, five years after the start of the Great Recession. Many workers who want full-time jobs can only find part time employment.</p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 22:16:27 +0000 Brady Carlson 38753 at http://nhpr.org What Happens To The Trash The U.S. Ships Overseas? http://nhpr.org/post/what-happens-trash-us-ships-overseas <p></p><p>Chances are you came in contact with something made from recycled material today. A can of soda…the carpeting in your office building, or the smart phone that’s an arms length or less away. . They’re part of a swirling cycle of good made from old items and fed back into the production of new stuff. And the more we buy…the more we need to recycle. But where does all of that recycled material ultimately end up? <a href="http://shanghaiscrap.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Adam Minter </strong></a>is Shanghai correspondent for <em>Bloomberg World View</em> and a frequent contributor to <em>The Atlantic</em> and other publications. <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/china/archive/2013/11/how-china-profits-from-our-junk/281044/" target="_blank">He’s followed the trail of trash</a> and found that most of it ends up in China and India. He’s author of <a href="http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781608197910?aff=junkyardplanet" target="_blank"><em>Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion Dollar Trash Trade. </em></a></p><p><em> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 21:50:16 +0000 Virginia Prescott 38729 at http://nhpr.org What Happens To The Trash The U.S. Ships Overseas? Class Of 2008: Jessica O'Hare http://nhpr.org/post/class-2008-jessica-ohare <p>On September 15<sup>th</sup>, 2008, the financial services firm Lehman Brothers filed for Chapter 11.&nbsp; The subprime mortgage crisis had been percolating for months by then, as had a global economic decline – but the bankruptcy of the nation’s fourth largest investment bank panicked Wall Street, evaporating liquidity markets, sending the economy sharply downward, and sparking the worst global recession since World War II – a crisis from which the world’s economy is still recovering.</p><p>As part of NHPR’s station-wide series “How We Work: Five Years Later,” Word of Mouth presents “The Class of 2008,” conversations with people who graduated from high school or college around the time of the global economic meltdown.</p><p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 18:04:20 +0000 Virginia Prescott 38713 at http://nhpr.org Class Of 2008: Jessica O'Hare