NHDP Chair Ray Buckley's Statement on Drop in NH Unemployment Rate

NH's lowest in the region unemployment rate continues to fall, but reckless Republican bills could reverse trend


Concord, NH - New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley released the following statement on the drop in the Granite state's unemployment rate for the month of March.  The unemployment rate fell from 5.4% to 5.2%.


"While New Hampshire continues to outpace the national recovery from the Great Recession, serious questions remain about our long term economic strength and security.  Today, Republicans in the state Senate voted to pass a right-to-work-for-less bill.  The bill was passed in the Commerce Committee and sent to the full senate for a vote, despite data that clearly shows right-to-work-for-less states have significantly higher unemployment rates and lower wages.


"In fact over 20 right-to-work-for-less states have a higher unemployment rate than New Hampshire.  On average their jobless rate is 2.5% higher which would be a 50% increase in the number of Granite Staters currently struggling to find work.  And that is only the average; half of right-to-work-for-less states in the country have even higher unemployment rates.


"While making New Hampshire a right-to-work-for-less state will allow some irresponsible Republican lawmakers to check off an item on their reckless agenda, it will cause thousands of hardworking Granite Staters to lose their jobs.  March's drop in the unemployment rate is fantastic news, but it won't continue if Republicans in the state Senate vote to turn New Hampshire into a right-to-work-for-less state."