A poll shows that New Hampshire residents remain optimistic about the national and state economies, as well as their own financial status. The findings are based on the latest Business and Industry Association Report on Consumer Confidence, conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center. When asked how New Hampshire businesses will do over the next year, 55 percent of residents said they think state businesses will enjoy good times financially. Only 19 percent think they will experience bad times, and 26 percent anticipate mixed conditions. The phone poll of 509 randomly selected New Hampshire residents took place between Feb. 5 and Feb. 12. The margin of sampling error was plus or minus 4.3 percentage points.
Although the state has regained all the jobs it lost in the Great Recession, many are said to be part-time or lower paying. Still, the U.S. economy seems to be on a roll, and optimism appears to be taking hold. We’re looking at who’s faring well and why in the Granite State, and who’s been left behind.
Governor Maggie Hassan touted her economic credentials at a campaign stop at a Manchester marketing company Tuesday. She also fired a few shots at her opponent, Walt Havenstein.
Hassan argued she’s better equipped to help small businesses than rival Walt Havenstein. Internet marketing company Commonplaces was a beneficiary of job training grants. Hassan championed that program and what she terms bipartisan successes like increasing higher ed funding, raising the gas tax and expanding Medicaid.
Following up on our homelessness show yesterday, we’re looking at the broader issue of poverty in New Hampshire. While the state has one of the nation’s lowest poverty rates, it doesn’t always do well on certain measures, like childhood poverty. We’re looking at the latest numbers, and some of the efforts to address the issue.