NH Seacoast will lead state’s job growth

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. – A new state of New Hampshire report has predicted that the Rockingham region, which includes Portsmouth, will see continued job growth of 14.7 percent through 2022.

The report, “The New Hampshire Regional Planning Commissions Project Employment Growth, 2012-2022,” forecasts the most growth in health care support occupations followed by computer and mathematical occupations, health care practitioners and technical occupations and business and financial occupations.

Doug Bates, president of the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce, said one factor that contributes to the attractiveness of the state and region is the consistently high rating of livability for families.

He also noted the partnerships the state’s community colleges have with manufacturers, citing the example of Great Bay Community College with Albany International, a high-tech aerospace manufacturer in Rochester.

David Mullen, executive director of the Pease International Tradeport, said the Tradeport also has been a leading job generator, with an expected additional 4,000 jobs coming on line at the Tradeport within the next 10 years.

Currently, according to Mullen, there are about 9,000 direct-hire jobs at the Tradeport, generating about $550 million a year in wages.

Source: The Portsmouth Herald

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