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New Hampshire Unemployment Rate Drops to 4.5%, US Unemployment Rate Stuck at 6.7% Since December

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While the size of the New Hampshire labor market increases month after month, the unemployment rate continues to fall. While the US unemployment rate remains stagnant at 6.7%, there is a clear trend developing in New Hampshire. Jobs, job and more jobs! New Hampshire continues to have the 2nd lowest unemployment rate in the East. The only Eastern state with a lower unemployment rate is Vermont at 3.4%. The unemployment rate is 5.9% in Maine and 6.3% in Massachusetts, the only other states that border New Hampshire.

 

Unemployment drops in New Hampshire

Unemployment drops in New Hampshire

For March, the New Hampshire unemployment rate fell from 4.7% to 4.5%. The rate also fell in states that border New Hampshire, such as Massachusetts. The US rate remained at 6.7% for yet another month.

 

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Unemployment rate estimates in various New Hampshire communities.

Keene School Second Session Voting Suggestions for Tuesday, March 11 2014

In many communities across New Hampshire, local voting happens in March. 1 of the most common voting days in March is March 11. For example, elections will happen in Keene on March 11. After speaking with several sources in Keene, here are some possible suggestions relating to the Tuesday, March 11 election.

Candidates for Office:
School Board Member (one-year term) – Ian Freeman
School Board Member (three-year term) – Steven William Lindsey (ONLY VOTE FOR STEVEN, not any other candidates)
School District Clerk – write-in Conan Salada
School District Moderator – write-in Darryl W. Perry

Ballot Questions: Yes on 2, 3, 4 and 5. No on all other Questions.
Question 1 - No
Question 2 - Yes
Question 3 - Yes
Question 4 - Yes
Question 5 - Yes
Question 6 - No
Question 7 - No
Question 8 - No
Question 9 - No
Question 10 - No
Question 11 – No
Question 12 – No
Question 13 – No

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Wards 1, 2 & 3 vote at the Keene Recreation Center, 312 Washington Street
Wards 4 & 5 vote at the First Baptist Church, 105 Maple Avenue

Polls are likely open from 7:30 AM to 7:00 PM

If you aren’t sure where you vote, just show up at either location and ask an official or search here http://www.ci.keene.nh.us/government/city-clerk/elections-and-voting

New Hampshire Continues to Have the 2nd Lowest Unemployment Rate in the East

At 5.1%, New Hampshire continues to have the 2nd lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in the East. At 4.8%, the unadjusted rate for New Hampshire is also the 2nd lowest rate East of the Mississippi River. At only 4.2%, the state that shares the Connecticut River with New Hampshire continues to have the lowest unemployment rate in the East. The rate fell in the rest of the near-by labor market. It fell to 6.2% in Maine and 7% in Massachusetts.

While the unemployment rate is falling faster in the nation as a whole than in New Hampshire, that’s mostly due to unemployment never being anywhere near as bad of a problem in NH.

December 2013 unemployment rate for the most populated cities and towns in New Hampshire:
Bedford 4.0%
Claremont 4.3%
Concord 4.3%
Derry 5.5%
Dover 3.9%
Exeter 4.5%
Goffstown 4.1%
Hanover 3.4%
Hudson 5.3%
Keene 4.2%
Laconia 5.4%
Lebanon 3.3%
Manchester 5.1%
Merrimack 4.7%
Nashua 5.5%
Portsmouth 3.7%
Rochester 4.6%
Salem 6.9%
Somersworth 4.7%
Windham 4.9%

Easton, with a population of 254 people, has the lowest unemployment rate at 2.2%. Grafton County has the lowest unemployment rate of any county in New Hampshire at roughly 4.0%. At roughly 4.1%, Sullivan County has the 2nd lowest rate. The 45,000+ people Lebanon Area labor market has the lowest unemployment rate of any area labor market in the state at roughly 3.3%. The Nashua Area labor market, by far the largest labor market in New Hampshire, has the same rate as the state. Here’s a visual map of the 2013 New Hampshire unemployment rate averaged out for the whole year into a town by town breakdown.

Looking for a job in New Hampshire? Here is a great place to start your job search.

Gun maker Sig Sauer expands in New Hampshire for the second year in a row

With it’s second expansion in two year, elite firearms manufacturer Sig Sauer proves that New Hampshire is good for gun makers. Sig Sauer recently moved from a modest manufacturing facility in Exeter, NH to a much larger facility in Newington, NH. The company is currently renovating a factory in Dover, NH where it will expand production even further.

The moving and expanding of firearms manufactures has been a big topic of national discussion for the last couple years. Just last week, a high capacity magazine manufacturer, Magpul, announced it is leaving Colorado due to the CO legislature’s strong opposition to self-defense. Ruger, another firearms manufacturer in New Hampshire, has run production at near full capacity for a couple years. Additionally, Ruger is considering opening a second shooting range in Newport, NH. Other, smaller firearms manufacturers have recently relocated to the Keene and Manchester, NH areas.

The US history of Sig Sauer:

  • 1985 – Sig Sauer opened in Tyson’s Corner, Virginia
  • 1987 – Relocated to Herndon, Virginia
  • 1992 – Relocated to Exeter, New Hampshire
  • 2001 – Expanded with a training academy in Epping, New Hampshire
  • 2013 – Relocated HQ from Exeter to a larger facility in Newington, New Hampshire
  • 2014 – Expanding with an additional factory in Dover, New Hampshire

Related posts:
February 8, 2013 Firearm Homicide rate per state, fewer restrictions = lower rate
January 22, 2013 Machine guns by state, New Hampshire wins

The 2014 Legislative Season Opens with Controversy and Some Good News

  A new year with a new voting system brought votes on some of the most controversial House bills of 2013. Vetoes, gambling reform, government education reform, police spying and even marijuana legalization were all potential topics of debate and voting. Some of the bills passed, some failed and others likely won’t be covered until next Wednesday.

Good news for both marijuana legalization supporters and people opposed to allowing police to use automatic license plate readers in NH (something that’s already common practice in every other state). HB 492 wasn’t voted on today, so supporters have another week to call and email New Hampshire State Representatives in support of  marijuana legalization. HB 675 wasn’t heard because a major opponent of ALPR was out of the state. The sponsor of the bill wanted to let the opponent argue against the bill.

As to the good bills that did pass the House today, they were mostly baby step bills that are controversial in the liberty community with the possible exception of raising the age of majority from 17 to 18 years old in criminal cases. This cost saving move was ironically supported 324 to 17 in the House. HB 459 legalizing the playing of poker at home passed. There was debate within the liberty community if the bill was needed because people argued poker is a game of skill, not a game of chance. In NH, games of skill are already legal in the home, despite some people getting into legal trouble because of the practice. In the end, politicos decided to go the political route to reform the law but also encouraged people that wanted to go the judicial route to do their thing. HB 498, a bill designed to reduce the regulations on reenactment and veterans organization when it comes to using weapons inside the compact/urban section of a town passed with only 54 people voting against it. Liberty folks were on both sides of the isle. Some supported the bill because it reduced regulations and government costs, others opposed it because they thought it gave special rights to certain people.  There were 2 bills designed to encourage more students in charter schools and less students in traditional government schools. 1 of the bills failed but HB 435, which oddly enough was co-sponsored by a Democratic Representative from Keene, passed. HB 435 passed even though the Committee recommended against passing the bill. That’s a good sign because in order to either pass HB 492 into the Senate or stop HB 675 from reaching the Senate, committee recommendations will have to be overturned.

Please contact the NH House in favor of HB 492 and in opposition to HB 675.  Possible taking points on the bills:
HB 492 – 60% of people in NH support legalizing marijuana, It would say local governments millions of dollars a year, The money could fix every bridge in NH and widen I-93
HB 675 – the Boston police just discontinued the use of automatic license plate readers because they don’t work, A bill banning ALPR was passed and supported by almost everyone in the NH Legislature in 2007

2013 New Hampshire City Election Results

Results for the city elections held in New Hampshire on Tuesday, November 5, 2013.

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Concord
In Concord, there wasn’t much hope of a lot of success, but there was hope for reducing the number of candidates on the city council that supported the massive federal handout to the city of Concord in the form of an attack truck designed to kill people. That’s right, the vote by the Concord city council to accept a Department of Homeland Security BEARCAT helped shape the election. In fact, 1 of the city councilors that voted for the BEARCAT didn’t even run for reelection.

In Ward 3, BEARCAT supporting city councilor Jennifer Kretovic lost. In Ward 4, Kevin Bloom beat the BEARCAT supporting incumbent but another challenger beat them both. So 3 of the pro-BEARCAT city councilors won’t be on the city council going forward. Similar results previously happened in Keene, NH after that city council voted to take the federal handout. This should be a clear sign to councilors in New Hampshire.

Samantha Clattenburg took 3rd in a 6 way race for 2 city council at large seats. And finally, incumbent Dick Patten, who as a member of the NH House received New Hampshire Liberty Alliance ratings of D- in 2012 and D+ in 2013, took 3rd in a way race for Ward 8 city council.

Dover
In Dover, Karen Weston, a small business owner and supporter of the Dover tax cap, beat Rocky D’Andrea in the mayoral race. While Rocky D’Andrea, a Republican also supported the tax cap, the local taxpayer advocates pushed for Karen Weston. Most of the other taxpayer supported candidates lost.

Keene
Voter apathy is typically high in Keene and this election was no different. Outside of the city council at large race, the only people willing to even run against the incumbents were a group of folks that the Keene Sentinel labeled Free Keene affiliated. All of the so called Free Keene candidates took last place. They certainly did receive a lot of free advertising with radio interviews, debates on TV and newspaper coverage. As for the city council at large race, the 2 best candidates challenging the status que and not associated with Free Keene took 7th and 8th place in the 10 way race for 5 seats. Bob Sutherland’s 7th place finish wasn’t far from actually making 5th place. Hopefully he continues to run in the future. Darryl W. Perry posted a highly detailed Keene election wrap-up. Ian Freeman followed up with an interesting commentary on the Keene election.

Manchester
There were two very important issues on the ballot in Manchester. 1. Reelecting Mayor Ted Gatsas because of his strong support for the tax cap, even when it meant rejecting federal handouts that come with strings attached. 2 Defeating the proposed Manchester city charter changes, which would have increased pay for elected workers throughout the city and likely increased taxes while cutting services. Ted Gatsas was reelect with 53% of the vote and the city charter changes were rejected, only receiving 42% of the vote.

Unfortunately for the people of Manchester, Ward 10 Alderman Phil Greazzo only received 47% of the vote and was not reelected. While current Ward 12 Alderman Patrick Arnold lost in his bid to unseat the current Mayor, Republican Keith Hirschmann took his place as the new Ward 12 Alderman. The always controversial and animated Joseph Kelly Levasseur won reelection as an Alderman at large. Robyn Dunphy School Committee Ward 6 was elected. Paul R.R. Martineau, famous for doing everything he can, even legally questionable things, to prevent the people of Manchester from receiving government welfare, was reelection as the Manchester Welfare Commissioner with 56% of the vote. Unfortunately, many of the other pretty good Manchester candidates lost, including some in close races.

Nashua
David Murotake, a Ron Paul endorsing Republican, was reelected to the School Committee in Nashua. Sean M. McGuinness, who had previously been endorsed by the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance when he was a candidate for the NH House, won the Alderman Ward 1 race. Mark Cookson came in a close 4th out of candidates for the 3 Alderman at large positions. Some other not so bad candidates won various positions in Nashua but the real story in Nashua wasn’t the candidates, it was the lack of candidates.

Of note, Nashua residents decided to not even run for 12 positions so the results were decided by write-ins. Well, in some of those positions, there weren’t even any write-in candidates so those positions will be appointed. That’s 1 of the issues with New Hampshire, there are 1,000s of elected or appointed government positions that pay very little to no money. If only there was a solution?

Portsmouth
Republican Jack Thorsen, known as a strong fiscal conservative, won reelection to the Portsmouth City Council on Tuesday. In 2011 he had 1,098 votes in a in a 11 way race for 9 seats. In 2013 he had 1,693 votes in a 23 way race for 9 seats. Jack and 5 other city council candidates were endorsed by the Association of Portsmouth Taxpayers. Two more of them, Esther E. Kennedy and Zelita F. Morgan were also elected. Ken Smith, who famously took the APT tax pledge in 2009 and then turned around and voted to increase taxes lost some support between the 2009 election and 2011 election. On Tuesday, voters told him that he was was no longer wanted as he lost his reelection bid. See the Portsmouth city website for all of the results.

Rochester
Several pretty good candidates won in Rochester including:
Don Hamann City Council Rochester Ward 4
Mac Kittredge City Council Ward 6
Kathy Dunton School Committeeman at large
Ray Turner School Committeeman Ward 2

Somersworth
Taxpayer advocate Matt Spencer lost the mayoral race in Somersworth.

As an aside, currently, several of the cities listed above, including the most populated, 2nd most populated, 4th most populated and 5th most populated cities in New Hampshire, all have tax and or spending caps on the size of the growth of government.

New Hampshire local election city suggestions 2013

UPDATE: Click here for the 2013 city election results https://nhfreedom.wordpress.com/2013/11/10/2013-new-hampshire-city-election-results

New Hampshire Freedom is suggesting candidates in the 2013 city council/alderman races set for November 5th. Here are the suggested candidates.

Christopher Booth Concord Mayor
Samantha Clattenburg City Council Concord (At Large)
Joshua VanBuskirk City Council Concord (At Large)
Tim Bauman City Council Concord Ward 2
Kevin Bloom City Council Concord Ward 4
More info: http://www.concordnh.gov/Index.aspx?NID=880

Darryl W. Perry Keene Mayor
Ian Freeman City Council Keene (At Large)
Steve Lindsey City Council Keene (At Large)
Robert Sutherland City Council Keene (At Large)
David Crawford City Council Keene Ward 1
James Cleaveland City Council Keene Ward 2
Conan Salada City Council Keene Ward 4
More info: http://www.ci.keene.nh.us/services/public-notices/notice-voters-municipal-election

Ted Gatsas Manchester Mayor
William Infantine Alderman Manchester (At Large)
Joseph Kelly Levasseur Alderman Manchester (At Large)
Tim Corbett Alderman Manchester Ward 1
Craig Haynie Selectman Manchester Ward 1
Win Hutchinson Alderman Manchester Ward 2
Merav Yaakov Alderman Manchester Ward 3
Shuvom Ghose Alderman Manchester Ward 4
Lisa Freeman School Committeeman Manchester Ward 5
Joe Whitten Alderman Manchester Ward 6
Robyn Dunphy School Committeeman Manchester Ward 6
Steve Vaillancourt School Committeeman Manchester Ward 8
Vince Perfetto Selectman Manchester Ward 9
J. Gail Barry School Committeeman Manchester Ward 9
Victoria Sullivan Alderman Manchester Ward 9
Phil Greazzo Alderman Manchester Ward 10
Christopher Hussey Alderman Manchester Ward 11
Ofer Nave Manchester Selectman Manchester Ward 11
Christine Duffley School Committeeman Manchester Ward 12
Tyler Crosson Moderator Manchester Ward 12
More info: http://www.manchesternh.gov/Departments/City-Clerk/Voter-Registration-and-Elections

David Murotake School Committeeman Nashua (At Large)
Mark Cookson Alderman Nashua (At Large)
Elenore Casey Crane Alderman Nashua Ward 2
More info: http://www.gonashua.com/CityGovernment/Departments/CityClerksOffice/Elections/tabid/153/Default.aspx

Jack D. Thorsen City Council Portsmouth (At Large)
More info: http://www.cityofportsmouth.com/cityclerk/voteinfo.htm

Fred Leonard Rochester Mayor
Tom Kaczynski City Council Rochester Ward 1
Dave Cope City Council Rochester Ward 2
Don Hamann City Council Rochester Ward 4
Kathy Dunton School Committeeman Rochester (At Large)
Ray Turner School Committeeman Rochester Ward 2
More info: http://www.rochesternh.net/Public_Documents/RochesterNH_Clerk/index

Matt Spencer Somersworth Mayor
More info: http://www.somersworth.com/municipal-election/

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