New Hampshire offering incentives and hosting virtual job fairs to match employers with job seekers

New Hampshire officials said it’s taking steps to find jobs for those receiving unemployment benefits and to help businesses boost their staff.Next month on June 19, the weekly $300 unemployment boost from the federal government will expire. New Hampshire’s unemployment rate sits at 2.8{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1}, a drop from the pandemic high of 16{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1}.”But even with better prospects right, the hiring right now is like nothing I have ever seen,” said Deputy Commissioner of New Hampshire Employment Security Richard Lavers. The Summer Stipend program was announced by Gov. Chris Sununu on Tuesday.”Adding a stipend, an incentive to get folks back to work,” said Sununu. The state is spending $10 million in federal relief on cash incentives for the 33,000 now on unemployment. After working for eight weeks, they can apply, for a $500 bonus of part-time job, $1,000 for full time. The back-to-work bonuses will be paid until the money runs out. “There’s never been a demand like this for workers,” said Lavers.The state said it has paid out one and a half billion dollars worth of federal relief and extensions. With the weekly federal bonuses expiring in one month and workforce shortage, New Hampshire Employment Security is hosting virtual job fairs in every section of the state. “We had an event this morning for the Seacoast, I had a thousand people register so we’re seeing great participation. There were 2,100 jobs available and we had a thousand job seekers there,” Lavers said.

New Hampshire officials said it’s taking steps to find jobs for those receiving unemployment benefits and to help businesses boost their staff.

Next month on June 19, the weekly $300 unemployment boost from the federal government will expire.

New Hampshire’s unemployment rate sits at 2.8{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1}, a drop from the pandemic high of 16{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1}.

“But even with better prospects right, the hiring right now is like nothing I have ever seen,” said Deputy Commissioner of New Hampshire Employment Security Richard Lavers.

The Summer Stipend program was announced by Gov. Chris Sununu on Tuesday.

“Adding a stipend, an incentive to get folks back to work,” said Sununu.

The state is spending $10 million in federal relief on cash incentives for the 33,000 now on unemployment. After working for eight weeks, they can apply, for a $500 bonus of part-time job, $1,000 for full time. The back-to-work bonuses will be paid until the money runs out.

“There’s never been a demand like this for workers,” said Lavers.

The state said it has paid out one and a half billion dollars worth of federal relief and extensions. With the weekly federal bonuses expiring in one month and workforce shortage, New Hampshire Employment Security is hosting virtual job fairs in every section of the state.

“We had an event this morning for the Seacoast, I had a thousand people register so we’re seeing great participation. There were 2,100 jobs available and we had a thousand job seekers there,” Lavers said.

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