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December 2015 Unemployment and Jobs Press Release
January 26, 2016
"The lack of snow directly impacted the number of jobs in Vermont in December.  People who had been hired by employers in the leisure and hospitality sector were laid off when the snow didn’t arrive as expected, and ski lifts were idled, hotel rooms weren’t booked, and restaurants weren’t serving the winter-season visitors.  As such, the December employment data had notable employment loss; fortunately, the situation is turning around, and many of those laid off workers are now back to work.  Vermont employers are still hiring, and job training programs and internships are available for many Vermonters.  The Department of Labor encourages anyone looking for work or a career change to visit one of our 12 regional career centers."
Annie M. Noonan
Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Labor
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    December 2015 Unemployment and Jobs Numbers
      - Labor Force and Unemployment:  Data Tool / Report.
      - Nonfarm Employment:  Data Tool / Report.
    Preliminary 2nd Quarter 2015 UI covered employment was 306,587, up 1.0% from a year earlier. Also posted, revised 2015 1st Quarter.
      - Employment and Wages Tool
      - 2015 Year To Date
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    Seasonally Adjusted
    Vermont 3.6 3.7 4.1
    New England n/a 4.6 5.5
    United States 5.0 5.0 5.6
    Consumer Price Index
    United States
    Index 236.525 237.336
    Annual % Chg 0.7 0.5
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