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New Hampshire’s Economy: Moving Forward, but Not Yet Running on All Cylinders

October 26, 2015 State Economy

One of the key issues debated throughout this year’s extended legislative session was the state of the New Hampshire economy and whether changes in business tax rates would help to foster future growth. While this issue dominated budget discussions, an examination of the true state of the economy often seemed missing. As this Issue Brief explains, on one hand, New Hampshire businesses are steadily producing more goods and services and hiring additional workers. At the same time, though, more and more of our fellow residents struggle to provide the basics for themselves, particularly households with children.

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Regional Impact of Raising New Hampshire’s Minimum Wage

April 4, 2014 State Economy

Raising New Hampshire’s minimum wage would begin to build an economy that works for everyone in the Granite State, enhancing economic security for thousands of workers and helping to boost bottom lines at local businesses. While the impact of a higher minimum wage would be felt throughout New Hampshire, some regions of the state would be more affected than others, due to variations in population and in the composition of local workforces.

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Long Since Due: An Increase in New Hampshire’s Minimum Wage

March 12, 2014 State Economy
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Due to legislative inaction and the corrosive effects of inflation, New Hampshire’s current minimum wage comes up short in a number of ways. It trails behind the rest of New England, stands below prior levels in terms of real purchasing power, and leaves workers struggling to get by. Accordingly, raising the minimum wage and ensuring it is adjusted for the cost of living in future years would help families make ends meet, boost sales at local businesses, and put New Hampshire on a path towards an economy that works for everyone.

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

14 Sep 2017

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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.