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Manchester NHWhen it comes to the economy, many have long believed that “a rising tide lifts all boats,” that economic growth benefits all of the workers and investors who contribute to it.  In recent decades, that belief has not held true, as low- and moderate-income families and individuals have not fully shared in the affluence they helped to create.  As a result, they have found it harder not only to make ends meet on a daily basis, but to save for their children’s futures or to prepare for their own retirement.

NHFPI endeavors to shed light on trends in wages, poverty, and other economic measures, on their implications for working New Hampshirites, and on public policies designed to foster economic opportunity and prosperity here in the Granite State.

Latest State Economy Publications

  • Census Bureau 2019 Estimates for Income, Poverty, Housing Costs, and Health Coverage September 18, 2020
    The U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey data released September 17, 2020 provide estimates based on surveys conducted throughout 2019. These data were collected prior to the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, and do not reflect the crisis’s dramatic impact on the wellbeing of Granite Staters. Median household income increased between 2018 and 2019, and ...
  • Challenges Facing New Hampshire’s Workers and Economy During the COVID-19 Crisis September 4, 2020
    This year has posed unprecedented challenges to New Hampshire’s workers and economy. The COVID-19 pandemic and crisis has contributed to significant changes in employment and has impacted the economic security of many Granite Staters. Despite positive trends in employment and the other indicators, which continued into early 2020, the onset of the COVID-19 crisis in ...
  • Inequities Between New Hampshire Racial and Ethnic Groups Impact Opportunities to Thrive June 30, 2020
    Access to resources varies substantially between Granite Staters, and inequities in that access among racial and ethnic groups in New Hampshire indicate that both historical and present-day limitations diminish opportunities. New Hampshire is not immune to national trends that impact the lives and livelihoods of many U.S. residents, particularly relative to incomes for Granite Staters ...
  • The COVID-19 Crisis in New Hampshire: Initial Economic Impacts and Policy Responses April 14, 2020
    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 ...
  • COVID-19 Resource Page: Impacts and Challenges in New Hampshire March 25, 2020
    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 ...

 

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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.