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Census Data Show Challenges with Income, Poverty, and Housing Costs

September 14, 2017 Common Cents
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The Census Bureau released the one-year estimates for 2016 population characteristics based on the American Community Survey on September 14, showing poverty and unemployment in New Hampshire continue to decline in the wake of the Great Recession, but some groups are still struggling more than others. The poverty rate, or the number of people below the poverty threshold, dropped a statistically significant amount between 2015 and 2016, from 8.2 percent to 7.3 percent, with an estimated 94,289 Granite Staters in poverty in 2016.

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State Revenues on Target, But Concerns Linger

September 6, 2017 Common Cents
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With revenues collected for the first two months of State fiscal year 2018, certain revenue sources appear to be matching the State’s revenue plan while others, including key revenue generators, appear to be flagging. On a cash basis, revenue for the General and Education Trust Funds was $1.4 million below plan during the month of August. The Real Estate Transfer Tax, which has been robust in recent years, fell short of plan by the largest dollar amount of any other source at $1.9 million.

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Medicaid Expansion Work Requirements Hinge on Federal Approval

September 5, 2017 Common Cents
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The State Budget, signed into law on June 28, 2017, includes a provision that requires certain Medicaid enrollees to engage in work-related activities to be eligible for Medicaid. New Hampshire’s Medicaid program includes both traditional Medicaid and expanded Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act. The Medicaid expansion in New Hampshire is structured as the New Hampshire Health Protection Program (NHHPP). The State Budget directs New Hampshire to seek a federal waiver to require certain NHHPP participants to engage in specified work-related activities for at least 20 hours per week.

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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.