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Census Bureau 2019 Estimates for Income, Poverty, Housing Costs, and Health Coverage

September 18, 2020 State Economy
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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 the child poverty rate dropped, while the overall poverty rate, rate of health coverage, and renter housing costs relative to income remained relatively unchanged.

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Challenges Facing New Hampshire’s Workers and Economy During the COVID-19 Crisis

September 4, 2020 State Economy
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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 New Hampshire created a severe public health emergency and has led to subsequent economic and employment fallout. This COVID-19 crisis is both a health and economic challenge, and continues to impact the lives of Granite Staters.

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Inequities Between New Hampshire Racial and Ethnic Groups Impact Opportunities to Thrive

June 30, 2020 State Economy
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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 who identify as Black, African American, Hispanic, or Latino. Helping ensure a recovery from the COVID-19 crisis that reaches all Granite Staters, including the increasingly racially and ethnically diverse population of children in the state, requires consideration of these factors.

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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.