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NH News
12:31 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

A Nice Place To Live, But Wouldn't Want To Work Here

New Hampshire is a small state with a small job market, leading some 80,000 Granite Staters to commute to work south of the border.

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How We Work
4:12 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Students Speak On Economy, College & Careers

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At the height of the recession, the Class of 2011 was taking PSATs and perusing college brochures. What is it like to make plans for your future in a country whose economic future is uncertain?

To find out, we talk to four former students of Pembroke Academy: Matthew Lindsay, junior at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Sarah Kelley, junior at University of New Hampshire; Hannah David, junior at University of New Hampshire; and Kali Mara, senior at Plymouth State University

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NH News
4:07 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Can Millennials And Baby Boomers Work Together?

In a troubled economy, New Hampshire’s baby boomers are holding onto their jobs while 20-somethings start their careers. Granite State businesses are looking at how—and whether—to accommodate generational differences among their employees.

Millennials are in their teens to early thirties, and they often get a bad rap for being tough to work with. On YouTube, a fake training video, “Millennials in the Workplace,” has gone viral in recent months.

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NH News
2:16 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Infographic: N.H. Workforce By The Numbers

Numbers were provided by the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics and New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning. Forecast projections were calculated by the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies.

The Sidebar
1:56 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Despite Gains, Closing Wage Gap Could Take Decades

The chart above shows how American women's wages have changed over time, from 1979-2011, broken down by age group. Data: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

New Hampshire women had plenty to celebrate a year ago, when voters elected a woman to the corner office in Concord and sent the nation’s first all-female congressional delegation to Washington.

But while the state’s political leadership basked in the media attention, most New Hampshire women continued to struggle with unequal treatment on the job.

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NH News
11:40 am
Fri November 22, 2013

On The Job: Talking To Granite Staters About What They Do

Bob Provencher is a custodian at Thorntons Ferry School in Merrimack.
Michael Brindley NHPR

All week NHPR reporters and producers are spending time talking to Granite Staters about their jobs. What's it's like to be a logger, a music teacher, or an accordion repair technician? Have a listen, and hear what its like to do some jobs that you've heard of, thought about, or maybe never imagined doing.

    

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Morning Edition
10:58 am
Fri November 22, 2013

How Recessions Make Women Breadwinners

It's a trend that has been ongoing for years, but was accelerated by the recession: women as breadwinners.  Kristin Smith is family demographer at the Carsey Institute and a research assistant professor at the University of New Hampshire. She has researched and written extensively about how women's incomes have become the primary source in more households.

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Foodstuffs
6:02 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Meet Portsmouth's New 'Beer Master'

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.

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Word of Mouth
1:51 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Class Of 2008: Addie Gann

Credit Courtesy Addie Gann

On September 15th, 2008, the financial services firm Lehman Brothers filed for Chapter 11.  The subprime mortgage crisis had been percolating for months by then, as had a global economic decline – but the bankruptcy of the nation’s fourth largest investment bank panicked Wall Street, evaporating liquidity markets, sending the economy sharply downward, and sparking the worst global recession since World War II – a crisis from which the world’s economy is still recovering.

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Health
9:29 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Will Work For Health Insurance: The 'Job Lock' Conundrum

Richard Polonsky, with his dog Bella, at home in Bedford.
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

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.

But as an independent contractor, he never received the same health benefits employees could access.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Employee Satisfaction In 2013

Credit Michael Lokner / Flickr Creative Commons

We’re continuing our series “How We Work: Five Years Later” by defining “employee satisfaction” in twenty-thirteen.  During the recession, many people held onto their jobs even if they were unhappy, and many employers were unable to go above and beyond the basics. But now, there’s more attention to this issue, whether it’s flex-time, good benefits, or better pay, and how these improvements affect productivity.

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How We Work
8:21 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Question: What's The Longest Commute You'd Be Willing To Make For A Great Job?

A snowy commute in Waltham, MA
Credit Rich Moffitt via Flickr Creative Commons

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

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NH News
5:32 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Workers Vote With Feet, Leave Home-Based Child Care

Little Visions Child Care is one of hundreds of home based day cares all around the state. These day cares are increasingly hard to find, as more and more child care happens in centers.
Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

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.

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How We Work: 5 Years Later
5:52 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

'Budget Certainty': What New Hampshire Defense Contractors Want

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.

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How We Work
3:23 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

MAP: Job Recovery By County

Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

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.

[Click image to view larger.]

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Word of Mouth
1:55 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Class Of 2008: Emily Wienberg

Credit Courtesy Emily Wienberg

On September 15th, 2008, the financial services firm Lehman Brothers filed for Chapter 11.  The subprime mortgage crisis had been percolating for months by then, as had a global economic decline – but the bankruptcy of the nation’s fourth largest investment bank panicked Wall Street, evaporating liquidity markets, sending the economy sharply downward, and sparking the worst global recession since World War II – a crisis from which the world’s economy is still recovering.

As part of NHPR’s station-wide series “How We Work: Five Years Later,” Word of Mouth presents “The Class of 2008,” conversations with people who graduated from high school or college around the time of the global economic meltdown.

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Word of Mouth
1:50 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

What Would You Prefer, A Bonus Or A Raise? A Study Points To The Better Incentive

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Do employees work harder when they are paid more?

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. 

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Younger Granite Staters And Workforce Preparation

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We continue our series, 'How We Work: Five Years Later,' with a look at younger Granite Staters and how they’re prepared for the workforce.  We’ll examine how we educate students, from high school to college, and how that’s changed since the recession.

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North Country
7:25 am
Wed November 20, 2013

In Troubled Times How Vermont Got $600 Million From Foreign Investors

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

Starting around 2008, as the economy began struggling and banks got skittish about lending, foreign investors began sending hundreds of millions of dollars into Vermont.

They were attracted by a federal EB-5 visa program administered by the state of Vermont.

It allows foreigners willing to invest at least $500,000 to get green cards and live in the United States.

New Hampshire didn’t have anything like it, but the state is warming to the idea.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Sound  of construction……

Heavy machinery at work.

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NH News
5:30 am
Wed November 20, 2013

N.H. Workers Put Off Retirement, But There's A Silver Lining

Charley Lang sees his wife Susan Ferre off at the Concord bus station. She's playing a classical organ in New York.
Ryan Lessard

Susan Ferre and her husband Charley Lang sold their home in Texas and moved to Berlin, New Hampshire in 2008.

  

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How We Work: 5 Years Later
5:01 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

As The Job Market Changes, So Does The College Career Services Office

With new calls for accountability and transparency on placement numbers and returns on investment, colleges are working to ensure that students see their degrees – and the money they put toward them – as worthwhile, not only in the programs and courses they offer, but in the services students can use to find meaningful work.

The career services office has been a longtime fixture on most campuses, but what goes on in that office is changing as the job market becomes more complex – and, for many, more challenging.

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Word of Mouth
12:55 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Class Of 2008: Tim Mitsopoulos

Credit Courtesy Tim Mitsopoulos

On September 15th, 2008, the financial services firm Lehman Brothers filed for Chapter 11.  The subprime mortgage crisis had been percolating for months by then, as had a global economic decline – but the bankruptcy of the nation’s fourth largest investment bank panicked Wall Street, evaporating liquidity markets, sending the economy sharply downward, and sparking the worst global recession since World War II – a crisis from which the world’s economy is still recovering.

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Word of Mouth
10:57 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Why 'Employee Misclassification' Matters In New Hampshire

In 2010, then- New Hampshire Governor John Lynch signed an executive order creating the Joint Task Force on Employee Misclassification Enforcement.  While it doesn’t sound like the most urgent unit, misclassification is a serious issue, costing employers, business owners and putting un-covered workers at risk. 

As part of NHPR’s week-long series 'How We Work: Five Years Later,' we’re digging into attitudes and policy towards work. Joining us to explain this issue is New Hampshire labor commissioner, Jim Craig, and Martin Jenkins, legal counsel for the D.O.L.

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Word of Mouth
10:30 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Creating Amazing Workplace Culture: Dyn's 'Culture-Con'

Just one of the employee-friendly spaces at Dyn, where the office also has a putting green, Skee-Ball, a ping pong table, and a farm-to-table cafe.
Credit Via Business NH Magazine

This week, we’re talking about work…what we do…and how our attitudes and expectations concerning work have fared under the long shadow of the 2008 financial crisis. Today, we’re taking advantage of some good timing. New Hampshire-based tech company Dyn is holding its third annual 'Culture-Con' tomorrow in its Manchester headquarters.

We talked with two participants in the gathering to talk how companies create workplace cultures that attract and engage and retain workers in meaningful and lasting ways, Dyn's COO, Gray Chynoweth, and Amanda Osmer of Grappone Automotive Group.

Note of disclosure: Grappone is an NHPR underwriter, and Gray Chynoweth serves on NHPR's Community Advisory Board.

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Word of Mouth
10:05 am
Tue November 19, 2013

How To Find Fulfilling Work

Credit MacMillan Publishers

Is there an adult out there who has not, in a moment of fatigue, insomnia, or on a particularly hard day at work, looked around at their life and asked, “Is this it? Is this what I want my life to be?”  Even people who have plenty of money and status and work in their industry of choice may find themselves fantasizing about a job that engages their spirit. A new book from the School of Life series sets out a practical guide to negotiating the myriad choices, overcoming the fear of change, and finding a career that has meaning. Roman Krznaric is a founding member of the school of life. He advises organizations from Oxfam to the UN on using empathy and conversation to create social change. He spoke to us from Oxford, England to talk about his new book How to Find Fulfilling Work.

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Business and Economy
9:33 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Jobs: Quantity Vs. Quality

The numbers suggest employment levels are returning to where they were before the recession, but those jobs are not necessarily the quality jobs New Hampshire has had in the past. Economist Denis Delay talks about the numbers and trends, and what they could mean for the future of the state.

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NH News
9:05 am
Tue November 19, 2013

N.H. Invests In Helping People With Developmental Disabilities Get Jobs And Keep Them

Sara Frost sprays down tables at Portsmouth Regional Hospital's cafeteria.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

  While government programs like mental health services were being cut over the last five years, one program has seen increased funding throughout the recession: services for people with developmental disabilities.  In particular, the state’s Bureau of Developmental Services has been investing in services that help people with developmental disabilities find work. 

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue November 19, 2013

A Look At Older Workers, Post-Recession

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We continue our series with a look at older workers. Some found themselves suddenly out of a job due to recession. Now, half a decade later, we’re seeing how they’ve adjusted - and the many paths they’ve taken, by choice or necessity.

GUESTS:

  • Kelly Clark – state director of AARP-New Hampshire
  • Dennis Delay – economist for the NH Center for Public Policy Studies; also New Hampshire forecast manager for the New England Economic Partnership

CALLOUTS:

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NH News
6:00 am
Tue November 19, 2013

For Many Out Of Work, Recession Meant Returning To School - At A Cost

Angela Rodgers of Nashua lost her job working in child care at the start of the recession. She decided to go back to school, earning a bachelor's degree in psychology.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

As the recession took its toll on workers across New Hampshire, many decided to go back to school to weather the storm.

But the cost of college being higher than ever meant having to consider whether it was really worth the investment.

Amid a sea of job-seekers and potential employers, Angela Rodgers sits alone at a table at a job fair in Nashua.

She’s filling out another application.

Rodgers is a 35-year-old single mother and had been working in child care, but, like many, lost her job at the start of the recession.

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How We Work: 5 Years Later
5:16 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Post-Recession Economy Will Likely Include More 'Underemployment'

Economic forecasts for New Hampshire have repeatedly predicted slow but steady job growth, for the US as a whole and for New Hampshire. A report last week suggested that the state won’t reach its pre-recession job level until spring of 2014.

But the number of jobs isn’t the whole story of how we work in New Hampshire, five years after the start of the Great Recession. Many workers who want full-time jobs can only find part time employment.

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