"The rate is trending similar to last summer/early fall where Vermont saw a few months of increases that eventually leveled out and then trended downward. Even with this slight increase, Vermont still ranks among the lowest unemployment states in the nation. Over the last year, Vermont has added 1,500 private sector jobs including gains in Construction, Manufacturing, and Professional & Technical Services. At 4.4%, Vermont's unemployment rate remains well below the national average of 5.9%. In addition, the news of Global Foundries (GF) acquiring the semi-conductor manufacturing operations from IBM, and that GF is committed to Vermont, is very positive news for the workers, for the supporting communities, and for our state. It helps to reduce some of the anxiety that has been present and which may have been hampering the ongoing economic recovery. The Vermont Department of Labor continues to provide services to all Vermonters seeking employment, training and new career options, and many programs to help employers with recruitment services, job training and development. Call or stop by one of the VDOL's 12 regional offices to learn more about our services."
Annie M. Noonan Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Labor
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