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December 2014 Unemployment and Jobs Press Release
January 27, 2015
"While only preliminary 2014 data is in, it points to Vermont's continued economic recovery from the recession of 2007.  Vermont employers end the year reporting near-record high employment, having surpassed pre-recessionary levels.  The unemployment rate on an annualized basis continues to improve.  We recognize, however, that the recent economic gains have not reached all Vermonters or economic sectors.  Certain industries, most notably construction, have yet to recover.  Regions outside the Northwestern part of the state have not mirrored the robust growth seen in and around the Burlington area.  More work in job training, career exploration, and economic development to support job growth is needed to ensure all Vermonters have access to economic advancement.  The Vermont Department of Labor has state and federal money to support the employers' needs for skilled workers, as well as the individual person seeking job placement assistance.  Contact the Department to learn about the services we offer through our 12 regional career centers."
Annie M. Noonan
Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Labor
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unemployment rate, seasonally adjusted jobs, seasonally adjusted
Unemployment Press Release Dates through January 2016.
What's new?
  • Unemployment Weekly Report - March 4, 2015 PDF
    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.
  • Gross Job Gains and Losses - 2nd Quarter 2014
    Job gains outpaced losses in the 2nd Quarter of 2014, resulting in positive growth in net jobs (graph). See all of Vermont graphs and tables at Business Employment Dynamics. Also available is annual changes for 2014.
  • Quarterly Workforce Indicators - 2nd 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.
  • Economic and Travel Indicators - December PDF
    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
  • Current Employment Statistics - December PDF
    Latest year employment estimates for Vermont industries can be found at Publications or access all years at Nonfarm Employment.
  • Labor Market Newsletter - December 2014 PDF
    A quarterly publication of recent economic data and trends by the Economic and Labor Market Information Division.
  • Per Capita Personal Income - Local Areas 2013
    Per Capita Personal Income for 2013 is available for counties, metroploitian and micropolitan areas from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). Go to Wages and Income.
  • Nonprofit Private Sector in Vermont, 2007-2012
    Bureau of Labor Statistics developed state level research data for nonprofit firms. Available at UI Covered Employment.
  • Alternative Unemployment Rates:   4th Quarter 2013 - 3rd Quarter 2014
    Alternative measures of the unemployment rate that are more narrowly or broadly defined than the traditional estimate. Available at Unemployment.
    * Announcements *
    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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  • Minimum Wage Poster or
  • Minimum Wage Determination.
  • Dec-17-2014
    * Data Releases *
    Preliminary 2014 3rd quarter average UI covered employment was 304,072 up 1.3% from a year earlier. Also posted was revised 2nd quarter data.
     - Employment and Wages Tool
     - 2014 by Month, Quarter & Year
     - 2014 Size Class tables
        by Establishment
        by Firm
    Occupational employment projections to 2022, statewide and areas, are now available. Find an occupation's rate of growth, expected job openings, currrent wage level, and education and training requirements.
      - Statewide (xls)
      - Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metro NECTA (xls)
      - Northern Balance Of State (xls)
      - Southern Balance Of State (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.
      - 2014 Economic-Demographic Profile (pdf)
    Projections of industry employment and the top occupations with the most openings or the fastest growth.
      - Short term employment projections (pdf)
    * Quick Stats *
    Unemployment Rate
    Seasonally Adjusted
    Vermont 4.2 4.4 4.2
    New England n/a 5.8 6.9
    United States 5.6 5.8 6.7
    Consumer Price Index
    United States
    Index 233.707 234.812
    Annual % Chg -0.1 0.8
    10 year table Inflation Calculator
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