Why Is The Mass. Unemployment Rate Twice As High As N.H.’s?

At the Waterhouse Restaurant in southwestern New Hampshire, soft shell crabs were on the lunch menu and business was brisk.

But General Manager Linda Quintanilha said she can’t fully re-open the restaurant in Peterborough because she can’t find enough staff.

John Drew, chief executive officer of Action for Boston Community Development, a nonprofit that provides services to low-income residents, said New Hampshire doesn’t have nearly as many new immigrants, who need skills and language training.

“They’re just two different economies,” Drew said.