New Hampshire less business friendly, according to survey
The Granite State recorded the second largest state drop, according to a survey by Thumbtack.com, which introduces customers to experienced professionals to do personal projects.
The website surveyed nearly 13,000 business owners, including 75 in New Hampshire. Not all states received enough responses to receive grades.
“This is an unusually high drop, so I’d want to look into it more before I had a real good answer,” Jon Lieber, the website’s chief economist, said in a phone interview from California.
Last year, the state notched A-plus scores in six of 10 categories and nothing worse than a B in the others.This year, it scored only two A’s, for “ease of starting a business” (sixth overall in the country) and for licensing. Five categories produced a grade of C or worse, including a D for health and safety regulations and D-pluses for ease of hiring and its labor laws.
Lieber said a state could go down because other states improved. And in states where the unemployment rate falls, such as in New Hampshire, it can create a scarcity in qualified job applicants, hurting a state’s score for ease of hiring, he said.