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Gas and electricity provider Unitil is facing a federal lawsuit over its overtime policies. 

The U.S. Department of Labor alleges that Unitil, which serves customers in Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire,  failed to pay overtime rates to at least 50 different employees, including electrical dispatchers and gas controllers. 

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The Exchange is working on a series of shows about workforce shortages in New Hampshire. New Hampshire boasts one of the nation’s lowest unemployment rates, but the state is also facing a serious workforce shortage.

The Exchange will spend several shows exploring how we got here, the sectors and regions most affected, and discussing possible solutions.

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Although surrounded by states with minimum wages of over $10 an hour, New Hampshire holds to the federal minimum wage at $7.25 an hour, the lowest in New England. 

If you're making close to the minimum wage in New Hampshire, can you make rent?


Help us decide what story to tackle next in our "Only in New Hampshire" series. We're looking for your questions about wages. Wondering why our minimum wage is lower than in our neighbor states? What the wage gap looks like in New Hampshire? The impact of seasonal employment? Why your wages haven't gone up?

Only in New Hampshire is your place to ask questions about the state we all call home.

Submit your questions below. We'll start reporting the story in October for an upcoming episode of Word of Mouth and our newscast.

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An aging workforce and stagnating wages continue to trouble the Granite State, but job growth in manufacturing and tech offers hope for revitalizing our economy.  We look at that and potential impacts of the new tax law on New Hampshire businesses and workers.


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Both President Trump and Governor Sununu released details about proposed budget plans within the last few weeks, so we'll discuss the impacts of these plans, including increased defense spending, and more funds for managing the opioid crisis. We'll also look at current wage and unemployment statistics in the state, and how Granite Staters feel about their economy. 


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 A coalition in the Monadnock Region is pushing for more local businesses to pay workers at least $15 an hour.

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After years of little to no growth in wages, Granite State workers may see their paychecks fatten.  Spring has sprung for the construction industry, especially on the Seacoast and in the Manchester area.   And a national ranking finds what many New Hampshire parents already know:  child care here is among the priciest in the nation.

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The Department of Labor reports that last year’s national wage rate crept up only 2%, confirming what many US workers can already tell you: wages have stagnated. Not so for one high-demand job: babysitters. Over the past 30 years, teenage babysitting rates have risen nine times faster than the rate of inflation – commanding an average of $10 per hour. Depending on location and a sitter’s skill set, parents can shell out as much as $17 an hour for a night out. Megan Woolhouse covers the economy for the Boston Globe’s business section. Her article on babysitters making bank alerted us to this one sector of high wage growth.

The Wage Gap War

Jun 7, 2012

This week, a highly-politicized bill titled the “Paycheck Fairness Act”, died in the U.S. Senate.   The bill was aimed at the so-called “wage gap”, between men and women.   It would have given workers greater legal rights, if they found evidence of pay disparities between male and female employees.   Republicans voted against the measure, saying it would have encouraged a flood of workplace lawsuits, while Democrats called the bill an important tool aimed at closing the divide between men’s and women’s paychecks.   We'll look at that, also what might cause this gap?