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Merrimack Valley Snapshot: Layoffs At Manchester School District Fit National Trend

Tomorrow morning on NHPR, we’ll hear from Jillian Corey, a high school English teacher recently laid off from the Manchester school district.  Jillian’s story is Part Five of our series “Getting By, Getting Ahead,” examining how people across New Hampshire’s seven regions are navigating a recovering economy. ___ As unemployment across the country has slowly […]

Concord, N.H. Super-Strong Economy?

Today, Concord, N.H. was ranked #1 micropolitan economy by the POLICOM Corporation, a Florida-based economic research firm. POLICOM defines a micropolitan area as a contained economy consisting of a county or counties with a city of between 10,000 and 50,000 people.  Washington, D.C. came in first for metropolitan areas — or cities with more than […]

This Week’s Essential StateImpact

Before you dash away from your desk for Memorial Day weekend, here’s a bit of Friday afternoon refreshment: Your weekly roundup of StateImpact’s Top 5 posts! A Closer Look at Brewery Accidents After The Deadly Redhook Explosion: One of our most popular posts to date, we put the fatal accident at a Portsmouth brewery into […]

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 […]

Has The Stimulus Created Jobs In NH? Depends On How You Slice The Numbers

As the clock winds down on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (aka: “The Stimulus Package”), it remains a controversial–and highly politicized–initiative.  This week, Grant Bosse of the conservative/libertarian New Hampshire Watchdog* project stoked the Granite State stimulus debate on the organization’s website. Using data from the federal stimulus-tracking website, Bosse ran some figures and […]

Mystery Developer Hopes To Bring Big Warehouse–And 150 Jobs–To Concord

A super-secret business that could bring a lot of jobs to Concord hopes to set up shop on Integra Drive.  As Ben Leubsdorf of the Concord Monitor reports: “A developer is looking to build a sprawling warehouse operation on Integra Drive, off Manchester Street, that Concord officials say could employ 150 people. But the name […]

As Demand For Job Training Programs Increases, Federal Funding Decreases

We’ve talked a lot recently about the so-called “skills gap” in New Hampshire vis-à-vis the manufacturing sector.  In a nutshell, the state’s fabricators say they have lots of openings for skilled labor, but not enough people are qualified to fill them.  Now, Motoko Rich reports for the New York Times that other sectors are demanding […]

This Week’s Essential StateImpact

Happy Friday!  (Or should we say, “Happy Mega Millions Drawing Day?”)  At any rate, as you count down the hours to the end of the workday and the start of the weekend, we’re happy to present you with our weekly round up of economy-flavored brain food: Why The Mega Millions Jackpot Is Extra-Important For New […]

NH Imports 100 Jobs From China

A New England-based manufacturer is moving some of its operations from China to New Hampshire–and bringing 100 new jobs with it.  Watts Water Technologies is building up its facilities in Franklin.  As Dan Seufert reports for the Union-Leader: “Watts Water Technologies Inc., which operates Webster Valve, is building the new 30,000-square-foot building to accommodate new […]

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