November new hires top 21,000


The number of new hires reported by New Hampshire employers in November remained about the same as the number reported in October, according to the New Hampshire Department of Employment Security.Employers reported 21,345 new hires to the agency in November, as compared to 21,415 new hires through October – a difference of just 70 workers.November’s number is the third-highest monthly total of reported new hires in 2009, behind July (23,869) and October. The November 2009 figures are substantially higher than those of November 2008, during which 16,249 new hires were reported.But the total number of reported new hires so far in all of 2009 is well off the pace of that in 2008.Through November 2009, employers reported some 202,822 new hires, as compared to 259,670 in November 2008 – or a decrease of about 22 percent.The NHDES tracks the data monthly from W4 forms submitted by employers, which are required by law to report new hire information. 
Companies that have locations in multiple states, however, can choose which state to report the data to, regardless of where the employee was hired. The data also include workers who have been rehired and some independent contractors. — CINDY KIBBE/NEW HAMPSHIRE BUSINESS REVIEW
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