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October 2015 Unemployment and Jobs Press Release
November 20, 2015
"This month's numbers are an interesting mix.  Many Vermont employers are continuing to grow, with over a thousand jobs added this past month alone; however this growth is not without its challenges.  As the unemployment rate has declined, and the number of 'baby-boomers' moving towards retirement has increased, the Vermont labor market has tightened.  Vermont employers looking to hire continue to report difficulties in recruiting for their vacancies.  At this point, we are examining whether this month's more significant decline in the labor force is an anomaly or underscores a more systemic trend.  Our approach to a reduced labor force has to be multi-faceted, including greater outreach to students and workers here in Vermont, as well as regionally and nationally, and to significantly increase funding for programs that will train - or retrain - Vermonters for the jobs that match the employers' openings.  These job openings reflect a wide array of industries, occupations, education and skill levels.  Job seekers in Vermont have tremendous opportunities today, and the Vermont Department of Labor and our partner agencies can assist them with skill assessment, work readiness, remedial education, labor-market information, training, job counseling and development and placement.  The Vermont Department of Labor's 12 regional Career Resource Centers' staff are available to help Vermont workers and businesses connect.  Stop into a VDOL Career Center for help."
Annie M. Noonan
Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Labor
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Unemployment Press Release Dates through January 2016.
What's new?
  • Unemployment Weekly Report - November 25, 2015
    Find the latest information on claims, unemployment insurance statistics and unemployment rates for New England states and the U.S.  This and more UI reports are at Publications.
  • Economic and Travel Indicators - September
    A monthly series on labor market & business activity, state tax revenues, travel & tourism, rooms & meals business receipts and seasonal indicators. View the latest issue . Past issues available at Publications
  • UI 20 Year Statistical Record
    A report on the Vermont Unemployment Insurance Program from 1995-2014 showing trust fund, benefit, wage information and more.  This and more UI reports are at Publications.
  • Per Capita Personal Income - VT & US 2014
    Vermont's per capita personal income for 2014 is estimated at $46,428, maintaining the state's ranking at 19th. For more, go to 'Per Capita Income' on the Wages & Income page.
  • Labor Market Newsletter - September 2015
    A quarterly publication of recent economic data and trends by the Economic and Labor Market Information Division.
  • Quarterly Workforce Indicators - 4th Quarter 2014
    QWI Explorer reports various economic / demographic measures for Age, Sex, Education, Race and Ethnicity groups. Produced by U.S. Census, Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics.
  • Gross Job Gains and Losses - December 2014
    Seasonally adjusted job gains exceeded losses in December 2014, resulting in net jobs increasing. (graph). See all of Vermont graphs and tables at Business Employment Dynamics. Also available is annual March to March gains and losses for 2014.
  • Alternative Unemployment Rates:   2014 3rd Qtr - 2015 2nd Qtr Average
    Alternative measures of the unemployment rate that are more narrowly or broadly defined than the traditional estimate. Available at Unemployment.
  • Wages, Benefits, Contributions and Employment by Industry - 2014
    Covered Employment and Wage information is combined with Unemployment Compensation Benefits in this UI report available at Publications.
  • 2012-2022 Long Term Occupational Projections
    An overview of the 2012-2022 Long Term Occupational projections showing the top occupations by openings, growth and educational requriements. This publication and detailed tables are available at Occupations.
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    Minimum Wage Increases to $9.15 for 2015.
    The Vermont STATE minimum wage rate will increase to $9.15 per hour - from the current rate of $8.73 per hour - effective on January 1, 2015.
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    * Data Releases *
    October 2015 Unemployment and Jobs Numbers
      - Labor Force and Unemployment:  Data Tool / Report.
      - Nonfarm Employment:  Data Tool / Report.
    Our most popular publication of state, county and town economic data has been updated. Included are maps of county commuting patterns along with other regional information on income, population, housing, and employment.
      - 2015 Economic-Demographic Profile
    Preliminary 1st Quarter 2015 UI covered employment was 304,444, up 1.0% from a year earlier. Also posted, revised 2014 annual averages and 4th Quarter.
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      - 2015 Year To Date
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    New England n/a 4.6 5.6
    United States 5.0 5.1 5.7
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