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Governor Announces NH Unemployment Rate Drops to Lowest Point in 2 1/2 Years

submitted by Colin Manning Governor John Lynch has announced New Hampshire’s unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest point in 2 1/2 years. The state’s unemployment rate for April was 4.9 percent, the first time the rate has been below 5 percent since December 2008. The April rate of 4.9 percent is down from 5.2 percent in March. New Hampshire continues to have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation. New Hampshire’s unemployment rate in April is 45 percent below the national average of 9 percent. “This is

tremendous news for our workers, our businesses and our state. The unemployment rate continues to drop steadily here in New Hampshire, as we continue to lead the nation in economic recovery,” Governor Lynch said. “The reason New Hampshire is outperforming virtually every other state is because was have a successful economic strategy in place. New Hampshire is one of the most business- friendly states in the nation, with the lowest state taxes, and we must continue to follow the principles of our strategy if we are to continue moving New Hampshire forward. “There are still a number of men and women who are out of work, who want a job and we must continue to work to help get more of our people back to work,” Governor Lynch said. To continue the state’s efforts in getting more New Hampshire people back to work, Governor Lynch has signed into law an

expansion of his innovative jobs initiative that will help more unemployed workers re-enter the workforce. Last year,

Governor Lynch created New Hampshire Working, a three- part jobs program designed to help companies and workers avoid layoffs, help unemployed workers return to work and provide training to help workers get new jobs. The Governor signed Senate Bill 62, which expands the program to workers who have

exhausted their unemployment benefits. By participating in New Hampshire Working, these workers will get a chance to participate in up to six weeks of training at a potential new employer, giving them a foot in the door and a chance to show an employer they have the skills and talents that are being sought. Prior to passage of Senate Bill 62, only those workers collecting

benefits could participate. This new law expands the program to allow those who have exhausted their benefits to participate as

well. To date, 73 percent of those who have participated in this part of the program have been hired full time. “The time is right to expand this program as more and more companies are looking to hire,” Governor Lynch said. “By expanding New Hampshire Working, we can help open the doors to employment for more New Hampshire workers.” “New Hampshire Employment Security requested that this legislation be introduced because we recognized the need to expand

New Hampshire Working in an effort to assist all of our people in getting back to work. We look forward to implementing this change and making this highly successful program available to all jobseekers,” said Department of Employment Security Commissioner Tara Reardon. Senate Bill 62 was sponsored by Sen. Nancy Stiles; and Reps.

Will Infantine, Christopher Nevins, Kevin Sullivan and Donna Schlachman.

We have a clear vision for the future of New Hampshire and it’s C L E AN A I R

Te Northern Pass will improve air quality for healthy trees— and more importantly, the children who play under them.

We all contribute to the culture, society, and economy that make New Hampshire a special place. And we all care when changes are proposed to the state we call home. But sometimes changes need to occur in order to solve the tough challenges facing our communities and our families.

In these uncertain economic times, Te Northern Pass will create more than 1,200 jobs for New Hampshire residents. Surveyors and lineworkers, construction workers and the industry that supports them will have money in their pockets.

Te project will generate $25 million in additional tax revenues for schools, public safety, and to help maintain the infrastructure of New Hampshire. Tat means improving libraries, keeping our snowplows moving, and fixing our roads after long winters.

It will provide us with 1,200 megawatts of clean, reliable energy. Tat’s enough to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by up to five million tons a year—equal to the annual emissions of 900,000 cars! And importantly, this is the affordable and sustainable energy we need to attract new businesses and support new manufacturing in our state and throughout the region.

Right now the project is exploring partnering with local telecommunications providers to expand broadband access in the North Country, an effort that would remove the single biggest obstacle to true economic development and job creation in the region.

Because at the end of the day, this discussion is not just about energy—it’s about jobs, about local tax revenues, and about a sustainable future for the communities we call home. 1-800-286-7305



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