Business and Economy

The Two-Way
9:18 am
Fri December 2, 2011

Unemployment Rate Drops To 8.6 Percent; 120,000 Jobs Added

A job fair in San Francisco last month.
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Originally published on Fri December 2, 2011 11:46 am

The nation's unemployment rate fell to 8.6 percent in November from 9 percent in October as payrolls went up by 120,000 jobs, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says.

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2:05 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Q&A: State’s New Transportation Commissioner Battles Budget Cuts

DOT Commissioner Chris Clement surveying storm damage

I recently spoke with newly confirmed commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Transportation, Christopher Clement, about the current budget constraints at the DOT and also his plan on how to finish the $800 million expansion of Interstate 93 without federal dollars.

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12:12 pm
Wed November 30, 2011

Transportation Cuts May Deny Some N.H. Towns The Road To Prosperity

Rachel Gotbaum, NHPR

The road back from the recession for some towns in New Hampshire could be slowed due to deep budget cuts affecting highway expansion and bridge maintenance.

The state Department of Transportation is grappling with budget cuts of $30 million in motor vehicle fees and a likely $40 million cut in federal highway funds each year.

“Our $140 million 10-year plan is now a $100 million plan,” says Transportation Commissioner Christopher Clement. “The document is a lot slimmer than it was five years ago.”

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2:47 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

'Office' Fans Can Now Buy Dunder Mifflin Copy Paper

Originally published on Tue November 29, 2011 12:16 pm

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And our last word in business today is comic value. The long-running NBC comedy series "The Office" is about a group of workers employed by a fictitious paper company.


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1:44 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Six Surprising Takeaways From The 2012 NH Business Outlook Survey

Granite State businesses were invited to gaze into a crystal ball and predict the area’s economic future in the coming yea
Melanie Cook Flickr

Every year, New Hampshire’s Business and Industry Association commissions a survey of the state’s firms.  The idea is to get the pulse of how businesses think the next year will go.  Do they think economic conditions, hiring, revenues, and capital spending will increase, decrease, or remain the same over the next year?

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The Two-Way
11:09 am
Tue November 29, 2011

American Airlines Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

American Airlines jets at Los Angeles International Airport.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 29, 2011 11:39 am

American Airlines, one of the giants of the U.S. airline industry, just announced it is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

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4:18 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

Thanks To Pre-Holiday Price Hikes, Some Cyber Monday “Deals” Aren’t Really Bargains At All

NH creator of shopping app tracks Cyber Monday CONCORD, N.H.

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1:38 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

How Big Banks (Some With NH Branches) Benefitted From Secret Fed Loan Program

Bloomberg reporters followed the money…and found a massive, secret loan program.
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Yesterday, Bloomberg released a stunning report about a massive, secret bank loan program run by the Fed.  The story is the culmination of a two-year-old Freedom of Information request Bloomberg made to the central bank that was fought out in federal court.  What the news organization won the right to see was thousands of pages of data about which banks got below-market-rate Fed loans, how mu

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9:00 am
Fri November 25, 2011

Buy Local Movement Set For “Plaid Friday”

New Hampshire's "Buy Local" campaigns want shoppers to show up in plaid--and not try to get in at 5 am
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Today, the “Buy Local” types–those signature Main Street merchants who sometimes struggle to strike a balance between carrying unique, if occasionally under-sold items, and high-demand products that big box stores can push for lower prices–are finally embracing Black Friday.  Sort of.  More accurately, they’re embracing the date itself as a marketing opportunity for holiday shoppers who would rather skip scouring crowded big box stores for deeply-discounted goods.

They’re calling it “Plaid Friday.”  And it’s taking place throughout New Hampshire.

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12:35 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

How Much Do Vacation Homes Contribute To NH’s Economy?

For a small state, New Hampshire’s got a lot of wide, open spaces, be they near lakes, mountains, or fields. And according to one report, that’s very, very good for the second home economy.
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If you tuned-in to NHPR’s “The Exchange” on November 21, you might have heard economist Russ Thibeault talking about an interesting (and these days, somewhat obscure) report.  We’ll get to that in a minute.  But first, a bit of background.

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Business and Economy
5:47 pm
Mon November 21, 2011

State and LGC Want More Info

State regulators and attorneys representing the Local Government Center argued over sharing documents today.

The Local Government Center faces charges that it violated multiple state laws and owes cities and towns upwards of $110 million.

To date, the Local Government Center, or LGC, has produced nearly 12,000 documents for state regulators.

Charges against LGC include overcharging municipalities for health insurance.

But lawyers with the state Bureau of Securities Regulation are frustrated by redactions between LGC and its former attorney Robert Lloyd.

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StateImpact - New Hampshire
11:31 am
Fri November 18, 2011

Liveblog: New England Economic Forecast For 2012 And Beyond

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Business and Economy
4:59 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Congressman Guinta Holds Jobs Fair for Veterans

US Representative Frank Guinta hosted a jobs fair for veterans in Manchester Thursday in an effort curb higher unemployment for returning troops.

Over two-hundred veterans attended the fair at Manchester Community College Thursday in hopes of finding job opportunities.

Unemployment rates among returning veterans is close to three points higher than the national unemployment rate.

Congressman Frank Guinta says the employment gap between veterans and civilians is what prompted him to organize the event.

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The Salt
12:07 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

Restaurant Grease As Good As Gold To Biofuel Thieves

A worker with cooking oil in a holding barrel behind an Ashton, Maryland restaurant.
TIM SLOAN AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 7, 2011 1:29 pm

Used restaurant grease has become a hot item for thieves, who siphon it from barrels behind restaurants to sell on the booming biofuels market.

Late last month, the California Department of Food and Agriculture said it would pay local police target the alleys and parking lots where restaurants typically park their barrels of used grease.

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