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New Hampshire Tops CNBC Rankings for Business Friendliness; Top 10 State for Workforce, Quality of Life

Thursday, July 11th, 2019
Monadnock State Park.

For the fourth year in a row, New Hampshire retained the top spot for its business friendliness, according to CNBC’s latest Top States rankings, and landed in the top 10 for its workforce and quality of life.

CNBC has compiled rankings of all 50 states for the past 12 years. This year, New Hampshire ranked 25th overall, the second highest in New England, and showed gains in several categories. The state rose to No. 8 for its workforce, an 11-place jump from no. 19 in 2018.

“Workers in the Granite State are well educated,” according to CNBC. “The percentage of adults with bachelors’ degrees or higher is the 10th best of any state. And those educated adults are staying put. New Hampshire is also in the top 10 for the percentage of workers in STEM jobs.”

The state retained no. 5 for the second year in a row as the best state to live in, based on data that includes crime rates, environmental quality and inclusiveness.

“New Hampshire has a modern economy with significant growth in advanced and emerging industries that is supported by a defined and highly aligned pipeline of talent,” said Commissioner Taylor Caswell of the New Hampshire Department of Business and Economic Affairs. “We also offer unbeatable outdoor lifestyle assets, and with no income or sales tax, people are learning that if they move here, they get to keep more of their paycheck.”

“With its famous motto, “Live Free or Die,” it stands to reason that the Granite State is among America’s most inclusive,” according to CNBC. “Freedom also includes security. New Hampshire enjoys the third lowest violent crime rate in the nation. The state also boasts the nation’s lowest child poverty rate.”

For more information about living in New Hampshire, visit ChooseNH.com; if you are thinking of moving or expanding your business here, visit nheconomy.com.

New Hampshire Business Matters with John Duff, NH School of Mechanical Trades

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Chris Way, Division of Economic Development and John Duff, NH School of Mechanical Trades

With high demand for quality and education programs for tradesmen, the New Hampshire School of Mechanical Trades is preparing to open its second location next spring on the Seacoast.


Tune in to this month’s edition of New Hampshire Business Matters and learn more about the New Hampshire School of Mechanical Trades.


The first school opened five years ago in Manchester and between 2015 and 2016, enrollment jumped from 607 to 956.

On this month’s New Hampshire Business Matters radio show (airs every third Wednesday of the month on WTPL-FM107.7), John Huff talks about the school, its growth and the demand there is for tradesmen.