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What Governor-Elect Hassan’s New Budget Could Look Like

For political junkies, policy wonks and other assorted budget watchers, February 15th is a big day.  That’s the deadline for new Governor Maggie Hassan to submit her proposed FY 2014-2015 budget to the legislature.  The House and Senate will then have until the end of this fiscal year, June 30th, to hash out an agreement. […]

Why NH Factories Are Struggling to Fill Jobs

Nationally, there are about 600,000 unfilled factory jobs.  But despite high unemployment, many of these jobs are proving difficult for employers to fill. That’s because American manufacturers are increasingly looking for workers with specialized skills. And those skills can take a long time for workers to learn. Take GE Aviation in Hooksett, New Hampshire.  With 720 workers, it’s one of the […]

Q&A: Why There’s More To The “Skills Gap” Than A Worker Shortage

Ramping-up federal funding for highly skilled, computerized advanced manufacturing training at community colleges is a key part of President Obama’s jobs initiative.  In a recent budget proposal, he pushed for creating an $8 billion Community College to Career fund.  Among other things, it would increase training for advanced manufacturing.  That sits well with a number […]

Community College Faculty Agree To Contract (With Concessions)

After 10 months of negotiations, the union representing New Hampshire’s community college faculty has agreed to a contract.  Cameron Kittle of the Nashua Telegraph reports this is the “second collective bargaining agreement” for the year-old union: “Once the contract goes into effect May 4, union officials said they will still earn less than their New […]

Why Gen Y’s (Slowly) Reconsidering Factory Work

A manufacturing trade group estimates there are 600,000 factory jobs available in the US right now.  Many of them are in skilled work, like machining.  And most of these jobs are held by Baby Boomers, who are edging closer to retirement.  But many of their Gen Y descendents–who were raised on tales of mass layoffs […]

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