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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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Updated Revenue Projections Suggest Much Smaller Budget Shortfall

30 Nov 2020

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At a November 23 briefing, key New Hampshire State agencies provided updated revenue estimates to policymakers that revealed a much more optimistic revenue outlook than previous projections. With tax receipts performing well in the State fiscal year thus far, and agencies substantially underspending their budgets last year, the total budget shortfall may be much more manageable and put fewer programs at risk than previously anticipated. Policymakers may be able to offset much of any deficit with the Rainy Day Fund and support or expand programs and services for Granite Staters, who have seen their health and financial security put at risk during the pandemic.