“The aging of the labor force is an area of the economy that we should address, and do so in a way that helps people support themselves and realize their potential at any age,” Gittell said.
The focus on older workers comes as the state is struggling with a labor shortage, driven part by the New Hampshire’s 2.6 percent unemployment rate — the second lowest in the nation next to Hawaii. Businesses such as manufacturing and construction have complained about finding enough skilled labor while the service sector is worried about limits on bringing in temporary foreign workers this summer.
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