Bleak. Troubled. Struggling. Take the phrase “North Country economy”, and you’ll almost inevitably hear one of those adjectives attached to it.
And to a certain extent, it’s true; the northern New Hampshire economy has had a difficult run since the bottom fell out of the mill economy. But can a handful of downbeat adjectives really characterize a whole region’s economy?
Reporter Amanda Loder of StateImpact New Hampshire has been looking at the state of the North Country economy for her economic series, Getting By, Getting Ahead. She talks with All Things Considered host Brady Carlson about the disparities between the region and the rest of the state, and the determination among North Country residents to find a way to overcome the region's economic challenges.