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July 15. 2014 8:13PM

Big percentage of NH job seekers look for work out of state

New Hampshire is home to the fifth highest percentage of job seekers looking for a job outside their home state, according to a website study released Tuesday.

The tiny District of Columbia led the country at 56 percent, followed by Wyoming, West Virginia, North Dakota and New Hampshire (44.6 percent), according to the job search website Indeed.com.

Massachusetts, not surprisingly, was the top destination of Granite State job searchers, followed by Maine, Vermont, Florida and New York.

For out-of-staters searching the Granite State for jobs, Massachusetts had the most searchers, followed by Maine, Vermont, New York and Connecticut. The study didn’t provide percentages.

Lorna Colquhoun, communications director for the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development, said the state’s population is concentrated in the southern tier and cited “a porous border.”

“If they’re in Nashua, ... given their expertise or interest, they’re going to hit Massachusetts to widen their search,” she said. “At the same time, Massachusetts people in the northern part of the state probably plug in New Hampshire as well.”

Mark Kaplan, CEO of Alpha Loft, which has offices in Manchester, Durham and Portsmouth to provide resources and support to entrepreneurs launching innovation-based businesses, agreed that the bulk of the state’s population in the southern tier would contribute to many Granite Staters searching out of state.

Also, Kaplan said, “There is a perception at least of more job opportunities in Massachusetts than are here today.”

For Massachusetts job seekers, New Hampshire ranked as the third most searched state after New York and Connecticut. For Vermont searchers, New Hampshire topped their out-of-state search destinations. For Maine searchers, New Hampshire was second after the Bay State.

A cross-border searcher was defined “as someone who, based on their IP address location, is currently located in one state but enters a different state name in the ‘where’ box in at least one Indeed search. A home searcher was defined as someone who searches in the same state as their IP address location,” according to the study. The figures were captured between May 2013 and April 2014.

In measuring the number of job postings per 1,000 residents, New Hampshire tied with Vermont for 10th with 12.7 per 1,000.

Texas had the smallest percentage of job seekers looking out of state (18.8 percent) followed by Florida (19.3) and Michigan and California (tied at 22.2). Massachusetts was 12th lowest (25.8 percent). Maine came in at 28.5 percent while Vermont scored 40.6 percent.

mcousineau@unionleader.com



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