Need for diversity in NH?

Jul 23, 2018

BY: Citizens Count

On Thursday, July 26 a group of businesses, state agencies, and nonprofits plan to gather in Manchester to discuss how to attract more racially diverse residents to New Hampshire.

New Hampshire is currently the third whitest state in the country, after Maine and Vermont. 94% of New Hampshire residents are white.

According to anecdotes from employers, this lack of diversity discourages racial minorities from relocating to the Granite State. Increasing racial diversity might therefore increase the number of qualified employees in a state with workforce shortages.

“If we’re going to be competitive internationally, and nationally as a state, we have to be more inclusive. Businesses that are not prepared for this are going to be on the losing end, I believe, of the future economy.”

- Will Arvelo, director of the Division of Economic Development

Attracting more working residents to the state is especially important in light of New Hampshire’s aging population.

On the other hand, some argue that economic incentives, such as job training programs, are more effective at attracting workers to New Hampshire.

Do you think increasing racial diversity should be a top priority for state officials? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Comments

Kurt Wuelper
- Strafford

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 3:35pm

Diversity it happens when people make choices. It seems reasonable that government could influence [incentivise] groups to make government preferred choices, but doing so necessarily disadvantages the not-preferred vast majority. This is the antithesis of governing for all the people and should be avoided.

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