Business and Economy

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12:47 pm
Fri December 9, 2011

Liveblog: Next-Generation Matters, A Forum On The Future

StateImpact
10:28 am
Thu December 8, 2011

How Defense And Other Federal Spending In NH Stacks Up To The Rest Of The Country

Carla Uriona, Sarah Emmons, and Liz Gross Stateline

Yesterday, we showed you a cool infographic created by a team of reporters at Stateline detailing, state-by-state, how a European recession could affect the US export economy.  Although New Hampshire wasn’t among the “highest risk” states, it ranked as “high risk.”  (You can check out that post here.)

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Zandi interview
12:00 am
Thu December 8, 2011

2013 Could Be the Economy's Breakthrough Year

Today, the University of New Hampshire Law School holds a public forum on our economic future.  The keynote speaker is Mark Zandi, chief economist for Moody Analytics. 

The dominant issue in the Republican presidential primary is government spending.  Mark Zandi understands that concern, but in his view, the problems of Europe, home foreclosures and unemployment loom larger.

[Interview transcript forthcoming]

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StateImpact
2:13 pm
Wed December 7, 2011

How A European Recession Could Hurt Key Export States–Including NH

How much could a Eurozone recession hurt New Hampshire? We explain after the jump
Dennis Skley Flickr

Recently, Wells Fargo Securities released a short report offering a state-by-state look at the places that could be hardest-hit by a potential European recession.  Since New Hampshire has carved out a healthy niche for itself in the high-tech components export market, we thought this report might be of interest to our StateImpact readers.

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October Foreclosures
11:10 am
Wed December 7, 2011

Home Foreclosures Edge Down

Home foreclosures continued to nudge down in October and the state’s housing agency is beginning to speak of the foreclosure crisis having turned a corner.

By historic standards, the number of people losing their homes is still high.  October saw about 260 households with that problem.  But that’s about 40 less than the month before and from the start of the year, the overall trend is down.

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StateImpact
11:00 am
Tue December 6, 2011

Losing The Lotto: Comparing NH’s Lotto Prizes To Massachusetts

Amanda Loder, StateImpact/NHPR

Recently, we told you about a gas station in the border town of Methuen, Massachusetts.  According to Massachusetts State Lottery Executive Director Paul Sternburg, it’s on track to do $13 million this year in lottery revenues.  When we spoke with Ted’s Mobil owner Tony Amico, he estimated at least half his customers are from New Hampshire.  And StateImpact’s unscientific survey of license plates in the gas station parking lot bore t

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StateImpact
2:00 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

New Hampshire Primary Spending Way Down Among Republican Candidates

Gliko, via Flickr/Creative Commons

 

If it feels like maybe Republican presidential candidates aren’t spending as much in New Hampshire as they did in the run-up to the 2008 primary, you’re onto something. Bob Sanders of the New Hampshire Business Review dug into campaign expenditures thus far, and found:

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StateImpact
10:30 am
Mon December 5, 2011

Part 2: Which NH Counties Won New Residents–And Lost Old Ones

Generation Bass, via Flickr/Creative Commons

We’ve been thinking a bit more about demographics lately, in light of the New England Economic Partnership’s recent Economic Forecast conference.  The region faces a number of population problems.  At the risk of oversimplification, here are the main issues:

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StateImpact
11:58 am
Fri December 2, 2011

Leading Republicans Against Right-To-Work Can Keep Their Posts After All

Right-to-Work legislation has proved controversial in the Granite State–as have Speaker O’Brien’s attempts to overturn the governor’s veto.
Protect NH Families Flickr / Creative Commons

Yesterday, we linked to a story on TheLobbyNH.com following-up on House Speaker William O’Brien’s latest attempt to overturn the governor’s veto of Right-to-Work legislation.

A number of Republicans joined Democrats in opposition to the override during Wednesday’s vote.

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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.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

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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StateImpact
2:05 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

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

DOT Commissioner Chris Clement surveying storm damage
NH DOT

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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StateImpact
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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Business
2:47 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

'Office' Fans Can Now Buy Dunder Mifflin Copy Paper

Originally published on Tue November 29, 2011 4:00 am

The long running NBC comedy series The Office is about a group of workers employed by fictitious paper company Dunder Mifflin. The Wall Street Journal reports that an office supply website called Quill.com has struck a licensing agreement with NBC to sell copy paper using the fictitious brand name.

StateImpact
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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