Representative Frank Guinta says new jobless figures show the need for job fairs and other employment-related events remains strong.
The U.S. Labor Department reported on August 17 that unemployment rose in July in 44 states -- including New Hampshire. The national unemployment rate also crept up from 8.2% to 8.3%.
"Washington can try to paint a rosy picture," Guinta said. "But the fact is, our economy remains weak and too many people are still having trouble finding a good, middle-class job. That's why I have hosted six job fairs over the past fourteen months."
Those job fairs were part of Guinta's ongoing "Getting Granite Staters Back to Work" jobs initiative. They were held in Derry on June 20, 2011; Rochester on June 27, 2011; one for military veterans and their families in Manchester on November 10, 2011; Portsmouth on February 22, 2012; Conway on May 22; and one for women in Manchester on June 25. A combined total of nearly 1,000 people attended the six events.
Guinta says he will continue hosting job fairs, meeting with small business owners and aggressively doing everything he can on Capitol Hill to help return New Hampshire to full employment.