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September 2016 Unemployment and Jobs Press Release
October 21, 2016
"Preliminary data for the first three quarters of 2016 show a stable economy in Vermont and a continuation of the positive economic growth seen in 2015.  For the United States, this has been an extended period of economic expansion at a modest rate of growth.  Vermont has mirrored the nation in this respect.  The good news is that Vermont business leaders are interested in growing their operations and workforce.  Vermont employers are hiring for vacancies at all skill levels, so this is an excellent time for people to be applying for jobs.  The Department of Labor has many programs that can provide a job seeker with job counseling, skill training and placement support to connect job seekers to these vacancies.  Employers should be calling their local VDOL office to ask for help in listing and filling vacancies, and job seekers should register with our JobLink and come in to the office for job placement help.  These services are free to you as taxpayers, and can really make a difference in hiring, recruitment and placement efforts."
Annie M. Noonan
Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Labor
Labor Force Estimates, seasonally adjusted
unemployment rate & jobs, seasonally adjusted, charts
Unemployment Press Release Dates through January 2017.
What's new?
  • Unemployment Weekly Report - October 26, 2016
    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.
  • Vt Labor Market Quarterly - October 2016
    A quarterly publication of recent economic data and trends by the Economic and Labor Market Information Division.
  • Economic and Travel Indicators - August
    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 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.
  • Quarterly Workforce Indicators - 4th Quarter 2015
    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 - Decemeber 2015
    Seasonally adjusted job gains exceeded losses in Decemeber 2015, resulting in positive growth 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 2015.
  • State Construction Prevailing Wage Rates, effective July 1, 2016
    Vermont Prevailing Wage Rates for projects authorized or funded, in whole or part, by the Capital Construction Act and costing more than $100,000 have been updated and are effective as of July 1, 2016. In addition to the prevailing wage, a fringe benefit of 42.5% of the prevailing wage is required as of July 1, 2016.
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    * Minimum Wage *
    Minimum Wage Increases to $9.60 for 2016.
    Vermont's minimum wage rate will increase to $9.60 per hour - from the current rate of $9.15 per hour - effective on January 1, 2016.
  • Minimum Wage Poster
  • Minimum Wage Determination .
  • Dec-3-2015
    * Data Releases *
    September 2016 Unemployment and Jobs Numbers
      - Labor Force and Unemployment:  Data Tool / Report.
      - Nonfarm Employment:  Data Tool / Report.
    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
    Preliminary 1st Quarter 2016 Covered Employment averaged 304,899, up 0.1% from a year earlier. Beginning with 1st Quarter 2016, female employment will no longer be included in Employment and Wages (QCEW) reports. Female counts can now be found in a new report, Jobs and Earnings by Industry and Gender.
      - Covered Employment and Wages Tool
      - 2016 Year To Date
      - 2016 Size Class tables
            by Establishment
            by Firm
    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
    * Quick Stats *
    Unemployment Rate
    Seasonally Adjusted
    Vermont 3.3 3.3 3.7
    New England n/a 4.2 4.8
    United States 5.0 4.9 5.1
    Next Vt release:
    October 21
    Consumer Price Index
    United States
    Index 241.428 240.849
    Annual % Chg 1.5 1.1
    10 year table Inflation Calculator
    Next release:
    November 17
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