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Medicaid Block Grant Proposals Would Significantly Reduce Funding for New Hampshire

September 25, 2017 Common Cents
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This year, policy proposals at the federal level, particularly those related to Medicaid, have often employed the concepts of “block grants” or “per capita caps.” All recent high-profile proposals to alter Medicaid using these concepts would effectively reduce federal funding to the state relative to current law.

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Food Insecurity in New Hampshire Remains Higher Than Pre-Recession Levels

September 21, 2017 Common Cents
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A report released earlier this month by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service shows food insecurity nationally remained at roughly the same level in 2016, 12.3 percent of all households, as in 2015. Food insecurity is higher both nationally and in New Hampshire in the last three years than ten years ago, before the Great Recession. Although progress has been made nationally relative to the next most recent three-year period, New Hampshire has seen no statistically significant change in food insecurity between the last two three-year periods measured, and food insecurity remains higher above pre-Recession levels than the nation as a whole.

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Understanding Differing Median Household Income Estimates

September 20, 2017 Common Cents
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Recent Census Bureau releases showing data for 2016 yielded some good news for New Hampshire, with a lower overall poverty rate and lower poverty rates for children and seniors, although about 23 percent of households earned less than $35,000 per year and more than 94,000 Granite Staters remained in poverty. Attentive news consumers may have heard that New Hampshire has the highest median household income of any state in the country, at $76,260. However, these same consumers may have also read New Hampshire has the eighth highest median household income in the country at $70,936, with both sets of reports citing the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Job Growth Slowed in New Hampshire During 2017

11 Jun 2018

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The rate jobs were added to the economy in New Hampshire during 2017 was considerably lower than during 2016, suggesting fewer additional jobs are being filled in the state. This slowing in job growth from the higher levels seen during 2015 and 2016 may reflect that, in a growing economy with a low unemployment rate, many employers are having difficulty finding workers to fill positions.