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November 2016 Unemployment and Jobs Press Release
December 16, 2016
"The Vermont economy is more stable than the month-to-month data might suggest, as increases and declines are “ironed out” at the conclusion of the year.  What we can see is a slower rate of job gains this year than in recent years.  Yet, with Vermont’s low unemployment rate, it’s still a tight labor market with recruitment and retention challenges for our employers; and a limited availability of workers can adversely impact economic expansion and growth.

Based on the available data through November of this year, the number of unemployed persons in Vermont has declined about 10% compared to last year.  As a state, Vermont needs to get more people – at all ages and skill levels – into the workforce, through increased education, job training, career counseling and placement, OJT and Apprenticeship programs, and effective mentoring.

Vermont needs to effectively utilize every state and federal job-training dollar to get people into jobs, and we need to address issues that will help Vermont be more successful: promoting gender equity, workplace civility, bringing under-represented populations into the workforce, creating job training programs that guarantee employment at the conclusion, and resolving the “benefit cliff” so that anyone who wants to work can do so without suffering adverse economic impacts.

The Vermont Department of Labor, through our 12 local Career Resource Centers – and in conjunction with our many partner agencies – can collaborate to help job seekers become employed – or employed in a better job – and help employers market, recruit, train and hire good candidates.  All of the services we offer at Labor are free of charge, and customized to the particular needs and interests of each person or employer."

Annie M. Noonan
Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Labor
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Schedule of Upcoming Unemployment and Jobs Press Releases through January 2018.
What's new?
  • Unemployment Weekly Report - Jnauary 18, 2017
    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.
  • Quarterly Workforce Indicators - 1st Quarter 2016
    QWI Explorer reports various economic / demographic measures for Age, Sex, Education, Race and Ethnicity groups. Produced by U.S. Census, Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics.
  • Economic and Travel Indicators - October
    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
  • Per Capita Personal Income - Local Areas 2015
    Per Capita Personal Income for 2015 is available for counties, metroploitian and micropolitan areas from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). Go to Wages and Income.
  • Gross Job Gains and Losses - March 2016
    Seasonally adjusted job losses exceeded gains in March 2016, resulting in negative change for net jobs. (table, graph). See all of Vermont graphs and tables at Business Employment Dynamics. Also available is annual March to March gains and losses for 2016.
  • Alternative Unemployment Rates:   4th Quarter 2015 - 3rd Quarter 2016 Average
    Alternative measures of the unemployment rate that are more narrowly or broadly defined than the traditional estimate. Available at Unemployment.
  • Vt Labor Market Quarterly - October 2016
    A quarterly publication of recent economic data and trends by the Economic and Labor Market Information Division.
  • UI 20 Year Statistical Record 1996-2015
    A report on the Vermont Unemployment Insurance Program showing trust fund, benefit, wage information and more.  This and more UI reports are at Publications.
  • Per Capita Personal Income - VT & US 2015
    Vermont's revised per capita personal income for 2015 is $48,587, increasing the state's ranking to 18th. For more, go to 'Per Capita Income' on the Wages & Income page.
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  • Nov-18-2016
    * Data Releases *
    November 2016 Unemployment and Jobs Numbers
      - Labor Force and Unemployment:  Data Tool / Report.
      - Nonfarm Employment:  Data Tool / Report.
    Preliminary 2nd Quarter 2016 Covered Employment averaged 306,820. Also released, revised 2016 1st Quarter data.
      - Covered Employment and Wages Tool
      - 2016 Year To Date
      - 2016 Size Class tables
            by Establishment
            by Firm
    Female employment is now available in the new Jobs and Earnings by Industry and Gender , as of 1st Quarter 2016.
    A new publication comparing male/female employment and earnings ratios. Produced quarterly, it replaces and expands on female data discontinued in Employment and Wages (QCEW) reports.
      - Data File: 2006 to latest quarter
      - Data Sources and Limitations
    The 2014-2024 Long Term Occupational Projections publication is now available. Find the top occupations in growth, openings and by required level of education.
      - 2014-2024 Long Term Occupational Projections
      Occupational Projection tables
          - Statewide (xls)
    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.
      - 2016 Economic-Demographic Profile
    Statewide industry employment projections to 2024 are now available. Find an industry's past and future rates of growth.
      - Vermont Industry Projections
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    Unemployment Rate
    Seasonally Adjusted
    Vermont 3.2 3.3 3.6
    New England n/a 3.9 4.7
    United States 4.6 4.9 5.0
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    January 20
    Consumer Price Index
    United States
    Index 241.432 241.353
    Annual % Chg 2.1 1.7
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