Also of interest in our latest “What’s Working” piece was news of more companies increasing their hourly rates of pay.

One Manchester-area firm hiked its rate by $3. Three others, according to a staffing specialist, each went up by more than $1 an hour.

That kind of competition, rather than government-mandated pay rates, is the way to go.

Not a lot of businesses here offer the state-mandated minimum wage. The job market is too tight. But for those low-margin businesses that do operate on the minimum, a forced increase often forces them to cut the very people who are in most need of entry-level work.

It was puzzling to read that some New Hampshire employers are cutting older workers for younger ones.

The latter will work for less and, we read, they are more tech-savvy than their seniors.

That may be so on the tech angle, but with the overall labor pool very shallow in our state these days, companies are running out of workers, old or young.

And a point made by job specialist Jennifer Winfrey is one we are hearing more and more: the work ethic among younger workers doesn’t come close to matching that of older ones.

Younger ones will walk away from a job for various or no reasons, we are told. Younger workers also are unschooled in such basics as showing up on time, alert, and dressed for the workplace.

Perhaps that is also an area that the education system needs to work on.