"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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