New Hampshire has a strong economy. The unemployment rate for the state has not changed since 2005 and remains at a low 3.6%. Over 15 thousand jobs were created in manufacturing, food production and retail industries during 2004 and 2005. Earnings for the same time period were also up 2.8%. The leading industries are dairy, rubber and plastic production, tourism and cattle.
New Hampshire has one of the highest graduation rates of the country. In 2000, it was at 87.4%. They have a relatively small school system and only have 477 schools statewide. They spend an average of $9,150 per student each year. The NAEP scores are very high for math, with 87% of 4th graders and 79% of 8th graders scoring at the proficient and above level in 2003. In 2005, the scores were 89% and 77%, respectively.