CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) and House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R-Salem) today offered the following comments regarding news that the state’s unemployment rate in December dropped to 5.1%, down from 5.2% in November. According to state Employment Security Department and federal Bureau of Labor Statistics data, more New Hampshire residents are now working (709,220), than at any point since the beginning of the recession in December 2008. State data show that unemployment rose by 1,230, while the total labor force increased by 870 individuals.
House Speaker William O’Brien
“We welcome the good economic news for New Hampshire. The long journey back to fiscal solvency and economic recovery continues. More New Hampshire residents working and a growing labor force is a great indication that our employers have greater confidence in our economy. We’ve come a long way, but we still have more work to do to convince more businesses to grow and create jobs. That’s why we will continue our efforts to reduce taxes and regulation, so that the over 38,000 of our friends and neighbors who are unemployed get a chance to find a good job.”
House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt
“This is another step forward in the Republican journey to undo the damage done to our economy by tax and fee increases and additional regulation by the Democrats. We will continue to move forward with our efforts to deliver affordable, effective government that gives relief to employers, not an additional burden. Our primary goal has always been create private sector jobs, and this report highlights our ongoing success.”