New Hampshire’s food system is growing and changing, and that means old jobs are evolving. Farmers, for example, are doing marketing and media along with planting and harvesting. And there are new jobs in the food system as well, including this one: Hotel Beer Master.
The State Senate couldn’t pass the plan favored by GOP leaders, and then rejected a plan embraced by Democrats on party lines. Ultimately, the Senate adopted a second GOP proposal, before laying it on the table. Two hours later it rejected a Medicaid bill passed by Democrats in the N.H. House.
John Reagan is a Republican from Deerfield:
"I can contend with combinations of vagaries and certainties, but my friends to be steered and rushed is an invitation leading to rueful decisions."
Richard Polonsky is an organizational consultant, and can, if prompted, easily talk like one.
“Being an outsider to an organization, I think people tend to listen to you more than when you are part of the organizational structure,” says Polonsky.
Based in Bedford, he has spent a career advising companies and non-profits on big campaigns. It’s a role Polonsky excels in: working from the outside, thinking strategically, and being blunt with management.
As part of NHPR's news series, How We Work: 5 Years Later, we’re asking Granite Staters to weigh in with their thoughts about jobs and the economy.
Each day we'll ask a new discussion question and throughout the week we'll read your comments on the air. Post a comment here, or on our Facebook page under the question we've posted. The link is here. Please include your first name and your hometown.
Today's question: What's the longest commute you'd be willing to make for a great job?
"I'd go an hour or so, though as I get older, I am less willing to travel long distances in the winter." - Sherry, on Facebook
"It depends on the traffic." - William, Manchester
"I would commute 90 minutes to two hours for my dream job." - Kristy, Contoocook
"It depends on the type of transportation." - Gilbert, on Facebook
"Great job...single Mom. Hmmm. Unfortunately, given single Mom-dom, I'd only be willing to commute 30 minutes each way." - Anne, Concord
"15 minutes." - Andrew, Thornton
"An hour." - Heidi, Goffstown
"I currently commute 60 miles each way, which equates to about an hour and 20 minutes to two hours, depending on traffic. But, I only do this three times a week!" - Jennifer, Sandown
"90 minutes each way if it were a 9-5 type gig. From Bedford I'd commute to Boston if I had to, which many do." - Sean, Bedford
"The last time I was on a job hunt, I drew a circle with a 45-minute commute radius, giving my town Acworth the center point. Anything more than that and I'd be working for gas money only!" - Kat, Acworth
"If we had a train/subway mass transit, I could tolerate an hour. In the car, no more than 20-30 minutes. I'm extremely lucky that I currently work for a company based in Brooklyn, but work from my own office in Chesterfield, N.H." - Eric, Chesterfield
"Never commute more than 30 minutes. Life is to freaking short." - David, Facebook
"Up to 35 miles or one hour each way from Groveland, Mass." - Doug, Facebook
"45 minutes." - Jack, New Boston
"Already doing it, 2 hours one way. Checked into personal aircraft...but they are too expensive!" - Hope, Facebook
"I once drove from Berlin, NH to Boston, MA for a part-time job, I wouldn't want to drive any further than that and if it were full time I'd move closer." - Roger, Facebook
"I do 2 hours one way for a 13-15 hour shift 2 or 3 times a week. It's much less fun in the winter...I listen to a lot of NPR on my commutes." - Deborah, Facebook
"A great job is one that doesn't require a long commute." - @RobertTanguay
There’s a change underway in New Hampshire daycare. Increasingly childcare centers are opening and family, home-based operations are closing, and some believe the changing demands of the workplace are part of what’s driving the shift.
New Hampshire’s economy as a whole is affected by what happens across the country and around the world, but the defense industry, a major economic driver in southern New Hampshire, sees the effects of national decision making up close.
Like many industries, defense has seen plenty of change over the past five years. But because of the ongoing budget debates in Washington, there’s likely more change to come for the industry and for its workers.
To get a glimpse of how each individual New Hampshire county is doing with regard to job recovery after the recession, check out the map below. The graphs cover the period from January 2008 through March 2013, the most recent numbers available.
What you're not seeing: Employment trends upward in the spring and summer months; final figures for 2013 will give us a clearer picture of where we are, but won't be available until next year.
A new study out of Harvard set out to answer that question and came away with some interesting conclusions. One, that employers should consider not just what they pay workers, but how. Offering cash bonuses increases employee productivity more than raises in salaries, even if the amount of bump is exactly the same.
Duncan Gilchrist is Ph.D. student studying business economics at Harvard, and one of the authors of the study.
The owners of the Balsams Grand Resort in Dixville Notch say they are exploring finding foreign investors through the EB-5 program so they can renovate and reopen the hotel. In 2012 most of its furnishings were auctioned off. Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR