Unemployment

Business and Economy
6:00 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Lower N.H. Unemployment Means A Mixed Bag For Holiday Seasonal Work

Martina Ramsey, a full-time employee who started as a seasonal employee two years ago at Josh's Toys & Games in Nashua
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The New Hampshire Retail Association expects us all to do more shopping this holiday season.  The group projects a 4.3 percent jump in sales, slightly higher than national forecasts.

In anticipation, New Hampshire retailers, warehouses and delivery services are recruiting temporary workers. And while that bodes well for the job market, not all employers and employees find what they’re looking for.

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NH News
11:45 am
Tue November 18, 2014

N.H. Unemployment Falls To 4.2%, Lowest Rate In Six Years

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The state’s unemployment rate ticked down to 4.2 percent last month, the lowest it’s been in six years.

Data released today by the state’s employment security office shows the October rate was a slight improvement from September rate, when unemployment was at 4.3 percent.

By comparison, last October’s unemployment rate was 5.2 percent.

Data shows roughly 2,000 more Granite Staters were employed last month compared to September, while the number of unemployed residents decreased by 1,300.

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Giving Matters
12:17 am
Sat October 4, 2014

Giving Matters: Breaking The Cycle Of Food Insecurity

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The work of the New Hampshire Food Bank is well established in the state, providing millions of pounds of food every year to food pantries and soup kitchens north and south. Less well-known, perhaps, are the programs it has developed that address the causes of hunger -- helping people get training that leads to employment and to food security.
 

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NH News
11:56 am
Fri October 3, 2014

N.H.'s Unemployment Tax Rate Drops By .5 Percent

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New Hampshire’s unemployment tax rate went down by .5 percent at the beginning of the month.

State officials say the new rate is a result of the health of the state’s unemployment compensation trust fund, which ran a balance greater than $250 million in the third quarter of fiscal year 2014.

The state’s unemployment compensation law triggers an automatic reduction to the tax rate when the trust fund maintains certain levels.

New Hampshire Employment Security Deputy Commissioner Richard Lavers says that positive trend is expected to continue into next year.

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NH News
12:13 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

N.H. Unemployment Rate Unchanged In June, Remains At 4.4 Percent

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New Hampshire’s unemployment rate held steady at 4.4 percent last month, unchanged from the May rate.

The state’s unemployment rate remains well below the national rate of 6.1 percent.

While the state’s unemployment rate was unchanged last month, the state’s employment security office reports the number of out-of-work Granite Staters dropped by 340.

The office also reports the state’s total labor force dropped by about 1,500 people from May to June.

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NH News
2:52 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

N.H. Unemployment Rate Falls In March

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New Hampshire’s jobless rate dropped two-tenths of a percent in March.  It now stands at four-and-a-half percent, well below the national rate, according to numbers released by the state’s Employment Security Department.  

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Giving Matters
4:21 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

N.H. Food Bank, Breaking The Cycle Of Food Insecurity

Credit Courtesy Niall Kennedy via Flickr/Creative Commons.

The work of the New Hampshire Food Bank is well established in the state, providing millions of pounds of food every year to food pantries and soup kitchens north and south. Less well-known, perhaps, are the programs it has developed that address the causes of hunger -- helping people get training that leads to employment and to food security.
 

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NH News
11:44 am
Thu March 20, 2014

State Working On Job Fair For Laid Off Osram Sylvania Employees

The state’s employment security office hopes to organize a job fair for the employees being laid off at Osram Sylvania in Manchester.

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NH News
4:17 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

N.H. Unemployment Rate Decreases To 4.9%

The New Hampshire Employment Security office says the state's unemployment rate for January was 4.9 percent, down from 5.2 percent in December.

In January 2013, the seasonally adjusted rate for New Hampshire was 5.5 percent.

Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for January was 6.6 percent, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from December, and a decrease of 1.3 percentage points from the January 2013 rate.

The Exchange
9:24 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Understanding Long-Term Unemployment

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Upon first glance, the numbers look good, the U.S. jobless rate now sits at 6.6%, a full 1.6% better than last year. But dig deeper into those numbers and you find a different story: currently 4 million Americans have been out of work for more than half a year, and in New Hampshire that makes up nearly 32% of the jobless. But now, the stress of long-term unemployment is being felt even more as the extensions usually given after 6  months were dropped in December leaving 1,300 in New Hampshire and nearly 2 million nationwide without benefits.

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NH News
7:00 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Calls On VT Non-Profit To Help Fill Skills Gap

Thirteen unemployed and underemployed people from New Hampshire and Vermont will soon be taking jobs with Dartmouth-Hitchcock as medical coders.  Today they graduate from an innovative cross-state program.

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NH News
5:10 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

State Touts Success Of Entrepreneurship Program For Unemployed

Governor Maggie Hassan, Senate Minority Leader Sylvia Larsen, and Citizens Bank President Joe Carelli at a news conference about the Pathway to Work program.
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More than 50 businesses have started in New Hampshire in the past six months thanks to a law allowing laid-off workers to fund them with their unemployment benefits.  That’s according to the Small Business Development Center at UNH, which administers the so-called “Pathway To Work” program. 

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NH News
3:34 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

No Change In N.H.'s Unemployment Rate For December

The state’s unemployment rate was unchanged from November to December.  That’s according to New Hampshire Employment Security.  

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NH News
1:00 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Gov. Hassan: 1,350 N.H. Residents Have Lost Unemployment Benefits

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Gov. Maggie Hassan is urging Congress to renew long-term unemployment benefits that expired for 1,350 out-of-work New Hampshire residents last week.

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NH News
3:45 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Local Unemployment Data Shows Recovery Is Widespread

The local jobs picture in New Hampshire continues to improve. New data out Thursday from N.H. Employment Security shows that all ten counties had lower unemployment rates in November than compared to the start of 2013.

The rate in Coos County remains the highest in the state, but it’s down 2.4% from last January.  Cheshire and Strafford have each seen their jobless rates fall by 2 percentage points.

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