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For some Granite Staters, what's at the end of the road to economic recovery is uncertain.

Getting By, Getting Ahead: A Regional Look At NH's Economy

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For some Granite Staters, what's at the end of the road to economic recovery is uncertain.

Despite the economic downturn, compared to the rest of the country, New Hampshire is considered to have a relatively robust economy.  The unemployment rate is at 5 percent.  More people are opening small businesses.  The state has also wrested away some big-name employers from its neighbors.  And as one of the key swing states this Presidential election year, how Granite Staters feel about New Hampshire’s economic well-being could have an impact well beyond the state’s borders.

Broadly speaking, New Hampshire is doing very well.  But the economic trends–and challenges–facing the state vary from region to region, and person to person.  With that in mind, StateImpact is focusing on the stories of the people behind New Hampshire’s economy.  Once a week, we’ll examine a different Granite State region.  On Mondays, we’ll spotlight a key trend or challenge facing a signature industry in a regional “snapshot” on the StateImpact blog.  Then, Tuesdays on Morning Edition, you can hear a feature story profiling someone from that area who is getting by in a tough economy, or even getting ahead.

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Lakes Region Snapshot: High-End Vacation Homes Impact Year-Round Economy

The market for high-end lakefront properties has slowed down along Lake Winnipesaukee.

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Getting By, Getting Ahead: Merrimack Valley Teacher Wrestles With Life After Layoff

"We were notified during the day.  It was on a Friday," says English teacher Jillian Corey about her layoff notice last May.  "Many of us still had to teach class.  And the kids were very aware that there was something going on.  I was honest with them.  I didn't get into the politics of the situation or the money.  I wanted them to understand that it was not a personal situation, because they become very protective of the teachers.  It was not for them to be concerned about."

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Preview: Tomorrow’s Installment Of Getting By, Getting Ahead Looks At Life After Layoff For Manchester Teacher

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