Need for diversity in NH?

Jul 23, 2018
racial diversity

On Thursday, July 26 a group of businesses, state agencies, and nonprofits plan to gather in Manchester to discuss how to attract more racially diverse residents to New Hampshire.

New Hampshire is currently the third whitest state in the country, after Maine and Vermont. 94% of New Hampshire residents are white.

According to anecdotes from employers, this lack of diversity discourages racial minorities from relocating to the Granite State. Increasing racial diversity might therefore increase the number of qualified employees in a state with workforce shortages.

Low unemployment but a need for more workers in NH

Jun 27, 2018
unemployment and workforce

New Hampshire’s current unemployment rate is 2.7%. That’s one of the lowest in the United States.

A low unemployment rate means most people are able to find work – but it also means businesses have trouble finding qualified employees.

Where are NH’s workers?

Part of the problem is New Hampshire’s aging population. The state is attracting more older residents than young workers.

Click here to learn more about New Hampshire’s aging population

NH gets mixed review from residents under forty

May 23, 2018
young adult

A new survey of residents under age forty found the vast majority are satisfied with New Hampshire, but 30% are likely to consider moving out of state in the next two years.

The survey, sponsored by Stay Work Play, included 420 adults. It was intended to evaluate the quality of life for young residents and whether they plan to stay in New Hampshire. Stay Work Play is a nonprofit dedicated to supporting and growing the young adult population in New Hampshire.

Governor creates Millennial Advisory Council

Sep 25, 2017
millennials

On September 21 Governor Chris Sununu signed an executive order establishing the Millennial Advisory Council. The council will consist of twenty-five residents born between 1980 and 2000, all appointed by the Governor.

The council is responsible for recommending policy to attract and retain young workers in New Hampshire. Their first report is due December 1.

Should NH offer a tax credit to caregivers?

Sep 24, 2017
tax credit for caregivers

In 2016, New Hampshire considered – and then rejected - offering a tax credit to people providing home healthcare services to an ill, injured or disabled family member living in their home.

The proposal would have seen up to $750 deducted from the tax bills of eligible property owners. To qualify, the owner would have to be personally providing nursing or rehabilitative services for a family member for the majority of the year.

Stronger protections against reverse age discrimination?

Sep 12, 2017
age discrimination

With fewer babies being born since the 1980s and people living longer, the older generation represents a large pool of potential employees in the United States. In fact, New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont have the top three oldest populations in the country.

While lawmakers are considering many policies to meet the needs of the aging population, some question whether young employees need more protection.

Healthcare scholarships in NH

Aug 19, 2017
aging population health care scholarships

This year, a bill to create a healthcare scholarship program was shot down in the New Hampshire house.

The move was an attempt to address problems related to the state’s increasingly aging population:

Tax exemptions for the elderly?

Jun 04, 2017
elderly property tax exemption

In Manchester, there is a debate regarding the city's tax exemption for the elderly.

The exemption lets elderly people in three age brackets over the age of 64 to deduct up to $195,500 from the total assessed value of their home, if they meet qualifications based on annual income, value of their asserts, and how long they've lived in New Hampshire.

Manchester is one of many New Hampshire cities and towns that offer tax exemptions for the elderly.

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