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Poverty Continues to Climb in the United States, Remains Above Pre-Recession Levels in New Hampshire

September 13, 2011 Research, State Economy
Manchester NH

While New Hampshire’s poverty rate is markedly lower than that of the nation, it is still substantially higher than it was several years ago, reflecting the state’s ongoing difficulties in bouncing back from the recession.

According to preliminary Census Bureau figures, approximately 94,000 Granite Staters – or 7.2 percent of the state’s population – lived in poverty during the two-year period from 2009 to 2010. For the nation as a whole, 46.2 million people had incomes below the poverty line in 2010, resulting in a poverty rate of 15.1 percent.

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Poverty on the Rise Across the US and in New Hampshire

September 16, 2010 State Economy
Manchester NH

The US Census Bureau’s annual report on income, poverty, and health insurance coverage reveals a sizable increase in the national poverty rate in 2009 with a similarly sharp upturn in poverty in New Hampshire. A poverty rate of 7.4 percent suggests that roughly 97,000 people in New Hampshire had incomes below the official poverty line during the 2008-2009 period.

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New Data Provide Insight into Extensive Economic Impacts and Income Losses from the COVID-19 Crisis

3 Jun 2020

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The challenges facing Granite Staters due to the COVID-19 crisis are unprecedented, and data continue to suggest the negative effects of this crisis are concentrated on those who are most vulnerable. New survey data indicate nearly half of New Hampshire households have lost employment income since March 13, and one in six have either missed or are likely to miss a monthly housing payment. Caseload data show that 198,905 new initial unemployment claims were generated in New Hampshire during the week ending March 15 through May 23. The preliminary seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate reached 16.3 percent in New Hampshire during April 2020, which is the second-highest among the New England states. Many Granite Staters appear to have lost employer-sponsored health insurance as well. These economic effects have led to increased needs for nutrition assistance and support from other aid programs. While the full effects of the crisis remain uncertain, key indicators provide valuable insights and comparisons between the current COVID-19 crisis, the period immediately before this crisis, and the Great Recession of 2007 to 2009.

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