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.”
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.
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