Concord, NH - New Hampshire's unemployment rate rose .3% in July, the second straight month in a row it has increased. The unemployment rate has now climbed almost ten percent since June. New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley issued the following statement on the disappointing news.
"It is no coincidence that the reckless job killing Republican budget went into effect on July 1st, and over the next month New Hampshire's unemployment rate rose by the largest margin in almost two and a half years. From the 250 million dollar tax increase on hospitals to the largest in the nation cut to higher education, House and Senate Republicans have been laying waste to New Hampshire jobs by the hundred. Their out of touch Tea Party agenda that puts cigarette companies first and working families last isn't working for New Hampshire."
"Nearly 200 jobs were cut at the Elliot Hospital in Manchester, 100 jobs were cut at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, 174 jobs were cut at St. Joseph's Hospital, 45 jobs were cut at Wentworth-Douglas in Dover, 200 jobs were cut at the University System of New Hampshire, 42 snow plow operators were laid off at the Department of Transportation, 300 job cuts were announced at Dartmouth-Hitchcock in Lebanon, and the terrible list goes on and on. Across the public and private sectors hundreds of hard working Granite Staters are losing their jobs as a direct result of the irresponsible Republican budget."
Elliot Health System Lays Off 182. "Elliot announced it was shutting down a 24-hour medical help line, cutting expenses and laying off 182 employees. 'This is a terribly sad day in health care,' said Doug Dean, president and CEO of Elliot Health Care. 'No one wants to see hard-working people, who have done nothing but perform their jobs for this community, suffer from a reduction in force brought on by the failure of the state to manage their own expenses.' [WMUR, 7/26/2011]
Southern NH Medical Center to lay off 6 percent of workforce. "Southern New Hampshire Medical Center will have to lay off up to 6 percent of its workforce and shut a unit that has 60 percent of the city's beds for inpatient psychiatric cases because of funding cuts built into the state budget. About two-thirds of those employees have been laid off in the last two weeks. The rest of the 100 employees will be pink-slipped by Sept. 1." [Nashua Telegraph, 7/28/2011]
Wentworth-Douglass Hospital weighs staff cuts to offset $10m loss. "Wentworth-Douglass Hospital's Board of Trustees approved a preliminary plan Monday that suggests the hospital eliminate a number of staff positions as a way to offset dramatic cuts in Medicaid funding the hospital is facing....Beihl said the hospital will cut no more than the equivalent of 45 full-time employees. At WDH, full-time is a 40-hour a week schedule, so Beihl said it could mean that part-time employees, who work 20-hour a week schedules, may also be effected by the cuts." [Fosters, 8/11/2011]
Medical layoffs cost 174 more jobs in NH. "State budget cuts continue to have a ripple effect on medical services in Southern New Hampshire, closing Rockingham Regional Ambulance and Granite State Mediquip. The two companies, owned by St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua, are to shut down by Sept. 30, the hospital announced yesterday. That means 174 area employees will lose their jobs and patients will no longer have access to key medical services offered by the two firms." [Eagle Tribune, 8/2/2011]
University System Cuts 200 Jobs. "USNH already has absorbed a 50 percent cut in this budget, the biggest cut in the nation, and lost public television funding. In response, it has eliminated 200 jobs and raised tuition by nearly 10 percent." [Union Leader, 8/7/2011]
NH's Dartmouth-Hitchcock offers early retirement. "The Lebanon hospital already has moved to save money by reducing the size of its workforce by 300 positions, having employees pay a larger share of their health insurance premiums and cutting discretionary spending. Last month, it joined nine other hospitals in suing the state over cuts to Medicaid, claiming they are paid inadequately to treat the poor." [AP 8/10/2011]
Budget may slow state's snowplow service. "But with an 11.5 percent cut approved by the Legislature in highway maintenance for the first year of the budget, a 13 percent cut for 2013 and a 25 percent reduction in sand and salt, roads with less volume are going to see fewer plows going by overnight, Dobbins said. Forty-two positions have been cut throughout the state's six DOT districts, and six as-yet-unidentified DOT properties will be mothballed and equipment moved to deal with the cuts." [Union Leader, 7/31/2011]