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The COVID-19 Crisis in New Hampshire: Initial Economic Impacts and Policy Responses

April 14, 2020 State Economy
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The COVID-19 crisis presents an extraordinary challenge for the Granite State. Necessary efforts to protect public health and slow the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus have dramatically altered daily life in New Hampshire and across the country. This is both a health and an economic crisis, and the negative effects are greatest on many of New Hampshire’s most vulnerable residents. Rapid declines in economic activity have led to an unprecedented rise in unemployment and threatened the financial security of tens of thousands of Granite Staters. While the economic damage is vast, continued measures to slow the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus are in the best interest of residents and the economy in the long term.

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COVID-19 Resource Page: Impacts and Challenges in New Hampshire

March 25, 2020 State Economy

The impacts of the COVID-19 crisis will affect New Hampshire residents in many ways, from both the immediate health and financial impacts to long-term economic consequences. NHFPI will continue to publish resources examining issues related to the COVID-19 crisis, including health policy, economic security supports for Granite Staters, economic trends, state revenues, the effects of federal policy responses, and the services supported through the State Budget.

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New Hampshire’s Numbers: Resource Inequities by County and Population Group in 2014-2018

February 7, 2020 State Economy
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Estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau’s annual American Community Survey provide insights into the economic conditions of New Hampshire residents. Estimates released in December 2019 average responses over the five-year period, from 2014 to 2018, which allows for more certainty among smaller population groups than annual data alone. This Fact Sheet provides poverty rate and median household income data for New Hampshire counties as well as the statewide poverty rates for various population groups.

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New Data Show Food Insecurity Levels Declining Prior to the COVID-19 Crisis

10 Sep 2020

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According to data released on September 9 by the United States Department of Agriculture, food insecurity levels in New Hampshire continued to decline during 2019, prior to the onset of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. The report outlines the trends of reduced food insecurity in the nation and in New Hampshire, declining from the higher levels resulting from the Great Recession of 2007 to 2009. The overall improvements to the state economy through 2019, along with the effectiveness of key nutritional aid programs, did contribute to lower levels of food insecurity, although the benefits of the economic recovery did not reach all Granite Staters in an equal or timely manner. Although food insecurity levels declined through the years preceding 2020, the current crisis facing Granite Staters is not reflected in these 2019 data. The recent economic pressures on many individuals and families with lower incomes in New Hampshire have been severe, and current levels of food insecurity are very likely to be substantially higher.