US Rep. Frank Guinta releases results of "Getting Granite Staters Back to Work" jobs survey

“This is a snapshot of New Hampshire’s employment climate, and it clearly shows the need for Washington to work alongside job creators to increase hiring.”

(WASHINGTON – April 28, 2011)    A new survey of small business owners in New Hampshire reveals serious hesitancy to hire new employees.  U.S. Representative Frank Guinta (R, NH-01) says that shows the need for Washington to work alongside job creators to get more people working again.   

That information is among the details revealed in the “Getting Granite Staters Back to Work” survey of area small business owners.  Guinta’s office sent more than 1,000 copies to businesses across the district.  He released the findings at Thursday’s Small Business Roundtable in Manchester.

Guinta will use the findings from the survey, and specific details and examples given at the Roundtable, when he returns to Washington next week to help foster a better climate for job creators.

Among other things, the survey found 50 percent of small business owners say they don’t plan on hiring new employees anytime soon.  Another nine percent said they only plan on doing so next year. 

“This is a snapshot of New Hampshire’s employment climate, and it clearly shows the need for Washington to work alongside job creators to increase hiring,” Guinta explained.   “Nearly 60 percent of businesses are showing an abundance of caution amid ongoing fiscal uncertainty.  That means it’s still tough for unemployed and underemployed people in New Hampshire to find good-paying jobs.”

The survey is part of Guinta’s ongoing “Getting Granite Staters Back to Work” initiative.  It began on Tuesday, with a Seacoast Business Roundtable in Rochester and a district jobs tour with visits to employers in Dover, Portsmouth and Londonderry.  In addition to Thursday’s Small Business Roundtable, Guinta’s office will also sponsor two job fairs early this summer.

The Congressman emphasized the importance of the jobs survey in determining how he can best assist job creators.  “For example, a combined total of 59 percent of small business owners said the federal government impedes their ability to grow and create new jobs through over-regulation, over-taxation and excessive paperwork requirements.  How can we expect them to innovate, operate and prosper when they spend too much time filling out bureaucratic paperwork and send too much of their profits to Washington in taxes?  You don’t need to be an economist to see that those restrictions are severely hindering job growth.

“Our free enterprise system works best when government works alongside the private sector to create a fiscal climate where companies can expand and hire more employees,” Guinta concluded.  “That is what I’m committed to doing in Congress as we strive to get more Granite Staters back to work.”

A copy of the survey results is attached to this news release.