Working in New Hampshire

Working in New Hampshire

New Hampshire is located in the northeast corner of the United States in the New England region. It is known as the "Granite State." Its popular motto, "Live Free or Die," is derived from the fact that it was the first settlement to break free from British rule in 1776.

Unlike several other states in New England, New Hampshire is experiencing a slow climb in population. Manchester and the metropolitan area surrounding the city limits is the most populous.

Manchester reflects the labor force's trend toward living in the southern part of the state. Once a large mill town, the people of Manchester and northern cities are moving close to Massachusetts, particularly Boston, to be closer to a wider variety of economic opportunity.

In New Hampshire as a whole, the companies with the greatest amount of available positions as of June, 2012 are Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Southern New Hampshire Health System, McDonald's Corporation, and PETCO Animal Supplies, Inc. Registered nurses led online advertised job openings for the month of June, 2012. Sales and health care were the occupations with the most overall demand.

The White Mountain National Forest is home to the tallest mountain in the eastern U.S., Mt. Washington. The forest is only second to Maine in the amount of timberline. It was once a source of thriving logging, operational mills and paper products manufacturing. That commerce has nearly ceased.

White Mountain National Forest is still prosperous with a new type of economy. Because it has some of the most challenging ski slopes on the East Coast, snowboarding, tubing, and snowmobiling, the White Mountain region is now a major tourism draw.

Warmer months also attract visitors. Campers, hikers, and water sports enthusiasts enjoy numerous lakes, cottages and inns which make New Hampshire a relaxing destination. Hospitality, retail, and restaurant workers can enjoy year round employment in the area.

Every four years, the New Hampshire primary brings throngs of political pundits, media, analysts and other visitors to the state. As the first primary of the presidential election year, souvenir capitalists, short-term, well-paying hospitality jobs and student interns are highly sought.

Concord

Concord is the state capital and is located just north of Manchester. It is the state's fourth most populated city.

Mirroring the state's employment landscape, sales and health care are currently the occupations with the most advertised job openings. Vacancies for registered nurses are the greatest. Through 2018, registered nurses are projected to be the fastest growing occupation.

CROSSMARK, Genesis Rehab Services, PETCO Animal Supplies, Inc., and Genesis HealthCare are the companies with the most vacancies as of June 2012. This, too, reflects New Hampshire as a whole. In addition, over 80% of the job openings in both Concord and overall state analyses require candidates to possess at least a high school education.

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