Governor John Lynch today announced that seven New Hampshire companies received Job Training Fund grants in February. Nearly $90,000 in state grants were awarded, which will help provide training and new skills to nearly 400 workers.
Governor Lynch made it a priority to reinstate the Job Training Fund in 2007 as part of the state's successful economic strategy. Since then, the state has issued more than $4 million in grants to help train over 12,000 New Hampshire workers.
"Job training continues to be a large part of our economic success here in New Hampshire. By having a skilled, trained and educated workforce, companies in New Hampshire can grow, becoming more profitable and creating new jobs," Governor Lynch said. "Investing in our workers will allow us to continue with economic recovery, and strengthen our economy for the future."
The seven companies to receive grants in February are: Bellwether Community Credit Union of Manchester; Salon Tuscany in Derry; Advanced Design & Manufacturing in Portsmouth; Special Hermetic Products, Inc. of Wilton; Nobis Engineering of Concord; Thermo Fisher Scientific of Portsmouth; and McLean Communications of Manchester.
New Hampshire continues to be a leader in economic recovery. The latest unemployment figures for January show New Hampshire has the fourth-lowest unemployment rate in the country at 5.2 percent. The national unemployment rate for January was 8.3 percent.
The number of employed residents grew by nearly 1,200 people from December to January.