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Economists Predict More Job Woes for Most Vulnerable in NH

Leisure, hospitality and retail, all hard-hit by COVID-19, make up almost 30% of New Hampshire's private-sector employment. (dhester/Morguefile)
Leisure, hospitality and retail, all hard-hit by COVID-19, make up almost 30% of New Hampshire's private-sector employment. (dhester/Morguefile)
April 1, 2020

CONCORD, N.H. -- New Hampshire will lose 11.6% of jobs by this summer, according to a new forecast from a nonpartisan think tank.

The Economic Policy Institute projected that more than 68,000 jobs in the state will evaporate -- particularly for people who work in bars, restaurants, hotels and retail, which make up more than 28% of private-sector employment. Julia Wolfe, state economic analyst at the institute, said low-wage workers will be hardest hit.

"These are a lot of hourly workers who do shift work, who already don't have access to benefits that a lot of the rest of the workforce has -- such as paid leave or health care, because they're part time," she said.

The report found that women, people of color and immigrants are overrepresented in the types of businesses that have had to shut down during the COVID-19 crisis. Unemployment claims jumped 3,000% last week compared with the week before, or three times the national rate of increase.

Wolfe applauded the progress made with passage of the giant stimulus bill in Congress known as the CARES Act. However, she said, she hopes the country learns from this crisis and enacts a permanent federal policy for paid sick leave and family medical leave.

"Hopefully, this makes us realize that it really is a public good for an employee to not be coming in to work when they're sick," she said. "Hopefully, we start to realize that we need a better, stronger unemployment-assistance program that doesn't let people fall through the cracks."

Wolfe said she also would like to see changes to the current system of employment-based health insurance, in which people lose their health coverage when they lose their jobs. She said that's an especially dangerous consequence during a pandemic.

The report is online at epi.org.

Suzanne Potter/Dallas Heltzell, Public News Service - NH