Job Assistance

Government Role

“The better role of government is not to create jobs but to create the conditions in which jobs flourish.”


In New Hampshire, (as of April, 2013), 14 percent of workers ages 16-24 are without jobs, nearly three times the overall state unemployment rate of 5.5 percent.

The proportion of young workers employed full time has dropped by 8 percent since 2005, and the overall share of young residents with a job dropped from 68 percent in 2005 to 63 percent today.

Nationally, even those young adults who are employed are facing lower salaries than just a few years ago, according to data collected by Young Invincibles. The average adult ages 25-34 makes more than $3,000 less today than in 2005.


  • Operation VETS Connect: an initiative aimed at building on current efforts to support veteran hiring in New Hampshire.
  • A 100-day challenge, from 9/2 – 12/10/14, to New Hampshire employers to incorporate or expand upon established veteran hiring initiatives.
  • To promote a greater awareness of veterans, the unique skills that they bring to the workforce and the benefits employers obtain in hiring them.
  • NH Employment Security will continue to host veteran-specific job fairs. The state will also send out notices to employers about the benefits of hiring veterans and provide resources to veterans to assist with resume writing and other tips for a successful job search.
  • Referrals or funding may be available through state agencies for training opportunities such as the Return to Work and On-the-Job Training (OJT) programs, apprenticeships and programs through NH Works. For OJT specifically, up to $500,000 may be available.
  • Employers with a federal tax identification number and who hire New Hampshire veterans are eligible to participate in Operation VETS Connect. In order to participate, employers must register in the New Hampshire Job Match System (JMS), share job announcements with the local American Job Center and complete a job fair registration form.
  • Participating employers are encouraged to attend NHES-sponsored job fairs or host a hiring-recruitment event. They also agree to consider veteran applicants and their unique skills, to work with NHES to identify areas to help better prepare denied applicants to enter the workforce and to respond to all resumes and applications received from veterans.
  • Veteran job seekers must visit their local American Job Center, register in JMS, attend local NHES job fairs and make a good faith effort to strengthen their documentation and presentation to employers of relevant skills and experience.

Work Ready NH: WorkReadyNH helps job-seekers and career builders improve their skills and add two nationally recognized credentials to their resume.

Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)

Community service and work-based training program for older workers.

    • Funded by the US Department of Labor (USDOL).
    • Provides subsidized, work-based training opportunities for eligible NH residents who are age 55 or older, unemployed and have poor employment prospects.
    • The training is intended to serve as a bridge to unsubsidized employment.
    • SCSEP participants are paid minimum wage and work an average of 20 hours
      per week.
    • Participants are placed at non-profit and public facilities where they
      may be trained in a wide variety of areas including clerical and office support,
      cooking and kitchen duties, maintenance and repair, child care, customer service
      and retail sales.
    • To learn more about the SCSEP:  National Able Network (Operates in Carroll, Cheshire, Coos, Grafton, Hillsboro, Rockingham, Strafford, Sullivan, counties) 603-206-4400/1-855-994-8300

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