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New Hampshire has the 3rd Lowest Unemployment Rate in the Nation!

That’s right. Our state of New Hampshire has the third lowest not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in the nation. New Hampshire has the lowest rate in the East. Also, the lowest rate in the Northeast. We also have the lowest rate in New England. Looking for a job? Go to New Hampshire young man.

BTW, the only other state in the Eastern United States with a very low unemployment rate is border state Vermont.

3rd Lowest Unemployment Rate

At 3.0%, Sullivan County has the lowest unemployment rate of any county in NH. The rate in Grafton County is 3.1%. Merrimack County and Belknap County follow at 3.2%. The rate is 3.3% in Strafford County.

Unemployment Rate in Selected Towns:
Concord 3.2%
Croydon 3.6%
Dover 3.0%
Freedom 3.3%
Grafton 3.7%
Jefferson 2.6%
Keene 3.7%
Lancaster 2.9%
Lebanon 2.3%
Manchester 3.8%
Portsmouth 2.7%
Weare 2.7%

Guess Which States Are The Most Libertarian States? Hint, they are Northern and cold.

  According to new research by Doctor Jason Sorens at Pileus, Montana, New Hampshire and Alaska are the most libertarian states in the nation. By that, Doctor Sorens isn’t saying that the three states are the freest, but that voters are most likely to be libertarian. In 2003, thousands of libertarians voted on which state the Free State Project should select. New Hampshire came in first place. Montana was third place.

According to Doctor Sorens, the least libertarian states are New Jersey, Connecticut, Alabama, Oklahoma, West Virginia, and is Mississippi dead last. I’m sure nobody was surprised to learn Mississippi did so poorly.

See the full ranking at Pileus.

At Under 4%, New Hampshire has the Lowest Unemployment Rate in the East

nhisgreat  New Hampshire’s unemployment rate is now 3.9%. That’s well below the 5.5% national rate! For the second month in a row, New Hampshire has the lowest unemployment rate in the Eastern United States. Stand out cities include Lebanon at 2.9%, Portsmouth at 3.3%, and Dover at 3.5%. Neighbor state Vermont has the second lowest unemployment rate in the East. North Dakota has the lowest unemployment rate in the nation. Mississippi, Nevada, and the District of Columbia have the highest unemployment rates in the nation. Employment is up and unemployment is down in the Granite State. In fact, employers are complaining that there aren’t enough people looking for work in New Hampshire. Are you a liberty activist looking for work? Help New Hampshire employers by helping yourself.

The job fair, organized by New Hampshire Employment Security, attracted fewer than half the people in the first hour than a similar one held there last June. Employment Security Commissioner George Copadis said Tuesday’s venue was changed only last Friday and that job fairs around the state are seeing fewer job seekers. “Lower unemployment,” he said. “People have found work.” – See more at:

Looking for a job in New Hampshire? There are lots of helpful resources linked to in the Free State Project Forum. Check out the upcoming New Hampshire job fairs. If you are on Facebook, consider joining the FSP Job Alert page, for job listings and general support from the Porcupine community. Happy hunting!

Police militarization reform bills advance in New Hampshire and Montana

notank On February 18th New Hampshire Rep. Hoell’s HB 407 and Montana Rep. Schwaderer’s HB 330 advanced, both passing state legislative chambers as amended. HB 407 is a repeat of Rep. Hoell’s bill from last session, HB 1307. HB 1307 failed in the NH House last year. However, the bill made national news, leading to the creation of Rep. Shwaderer’s bill, a similar bill in Tennessee, and a much more narrow federal bill.

The idea of police militarization reform legislation was inspired by the coalition of liberal activists and Free Staters that attempted to convince the Keene and Concord, New Hampshire city councils to vote against acquiring Department of Homeland Security BEARCATs. Despite Rep. Hoell neither being a liberal nor a Free Stater, he decided to lead the national legislative effort to bring about reform. The tragedies of Ferguson, Missouri further intensified the issue. Unfortunately, opposition to BEARCATs didn’t pick up much steam outside of NH and the University of Berkeley. Instead, critics were mostly concerned about a different federal program that distributed much larger military vehicles called MRAPs to local governments.

Rep. Hoell’s HB 407 was recommended Inexpedient to Legislate by the Municipal and County Government Committee. The NH House overturned the Committee recommendation 204 to 134. Committee member Rep. Ammon proposed to amend the bill so that it would create a committee to study police militarization reform. The amendment passed with the help of Rep. Hoell, Rep. Simmons, and the chair of the Committee, Rep. Belanger. The bill was sent to the NH Senate.

Rep. Shwaderer’s HB 330 originally called for reining in on the militarization of police in Montana, including MRAPs. On February 16th, the Judiciary Committee amended and passed the bill. The amendment weakened the bill, dropping opposition to MRAPs (remember, the bill never included opposition to BEARCATs). On February 18th, the MT House voted 88 to 12 to pass the bill. The bill was sent to the Appropriations Committee.

Vote NO to Manchester and Nashua ballot questions!

Vote NO to the proposed changes to the Manchester and Nashua spending caps. In both cases, the proposed changes are designed to weaken the voter supported spending caps. Some politicians want to increase your taxes and spend more of your money. Don’t let them. Just say NO on Tuesday, November 4th!

If you would like to see the proposed changes, go to and click on your Manchester or Nashua ballot.

Liberty Ballot 2014 Republican Primary Results made recommendations in 136 contested 2014 New Hampshire Republican Primary races. The recommended candidates won 61% of the time. For state legislative races, the recommended candidates won 66% of the time. In two counties, all of the recommended candidates for the State House won. In two counties, all of the recommended candidates for county office won.

Here is the breakdown:

State legislative races 77- 117 66%

State House 71-107 66%

State Senate 6-10 60%

County office 5-14 36%

Executive Council 2-2 100%

US House 0-2 0% (both 3rd out of 4 candidates)

US Senate 0-0 (The FAQ suggested candidates were 2nd and 3rd out of 10)

Governor 0-1 0% (2nd out of 4)

It is worth noting that in some races, both the winning and losing candidates qualified to be recommended. That means the amount of good candidates that won is even better than the above analysis shows.

What is Liberty Ballot? This is the answer to that question, answered in the Liberty Ballot FAQ.
On the night before the New Hampshire election, many voters in New Hampshire will be asking the same question: of the hundreds of candidates on the ballot, who will reduce the size of government? We know that this question might be asked when it’s too late to research the candidates – so we’ve done the research for you.

Unions illegally donated to Maggie Hassan in 2012 and 2014

There is trouble in paradise. Democratic Governor Maggie Hassan’s love for illegal money from unions is causing her bad publicity. According to the Democratic New Hampshire Attorney General’s office, the Plumbers and Steamfitters union gave Maggie an illegal $25,000 donation in 2012. The Democratic Attorney General also ruled that Maggie received $33,000 in illegal donations from unions this year. This is the same attorney general that Maggie Hassan hand picked for the office.

How did all of this first come to light? The New Hampshire Republican Party filed complaints with the New Hampshire Attorney General. Thank you Republicans for uncovering these dirty money scandals.

Here was what Maggie’s campaign said about the issue in July. Someone either doesn’t know the law, or lied to the Concord Monitor.

“We are confident that all contributions are in line with past precedent under New Hampshire law and advice that campaigns and contributors have received from the Attorney General’s office and the Secretary of State’s office over the years,” campaign spokesman Aaron Jacobs said in a statement.



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