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August 2016 Unemployment and Jobs Press Release
September 20, 2016
"Even with this month's small rise in the rate, the statewide unemployment rate is still low compared to historical averages.  We would have to go back to 2001 to find UI rates as low as the current level, and the tight labor market conditions appear to be creating upward, positive pressure on wages, as evidenced by recently released data.  In 2015, the United States posted the largest increase in median household income since record keeping began in 1967, jumping 5.2% from the prior year.  Preliminary wage data in Vermont is showing a similar positive trend.

There are many jobs available here in Vermont at all skill levels. The Vermont Department of Labor has expert staff and many resources to help connect job seekers and employers.  The services are available at no cost, and offered through our 12 Career Centers.  We can help with skill assessment, resume writing, interview skills, labor market information, career counseling, and job placement.  For businesses, we offer a wide array of services, including, but not limited to, job posting, hiring events, resume screening, training funds, sponsored On-the-Job Training (OJT) with wage subsidies, and Apprenticeship programming.   Contact your local Vermont Department of Labor Career Resource Office, or the VDOL Workforce Development Director's Office in Montpelier, to learn about how we can help job seekers and businesses."
Annie M. Noonan
Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Labor
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Unemployment Press Release Dates through January 2017.
What's new?
  • Economic-Demographic Profile 2016
    Our most popular publication of state, county and town economic data has been updated. Find regional information on income, population, housing, employment and other data. Also available at Publications.
  • Unemployment Weekly Report - September 21, 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.
  • Economic and Travel Indicators - July
    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
  • 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.
  • Labor Market Newsletter - July 2016
    A quarterly publication of recent economic data and trends by the Economic and Labor Market Information Division.
  • 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 .
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    * Data Releases *
    August 2016 Unemployment and Jobs Numbers
      - Labor Force and Unemployment:  Data Tool / Report.
      - Nonfarm Employment:  Data Tool / Report.
    Statewide industry employment projections to 2024 are now available. Find an industry's past and future rates of growth.
      - Vermont Industry Projections
    Statewide occupational employment projections to 2024 are now available. Find an occupation's rate of growth, expected job openings, currrent wage level, and education and training
      - Statewide (xls)
    Preliminary 2015 Annual Average Covered Employment was 307,114, up 0.8% from a year earlier. Also released for 2015, 4th Quarter and revised 3rd Quarter.
      - Employment and Wages Tool
      - 2015 Year To Date
      - 2015 Size Class tables
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    Latest estimates of employment, hourly and annual wage rates for over 600 occupations. Note: 2015 release includes new geographic definitions based on 2010 Census.
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     - Northern Vermont Balance Of State
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     - OES 2015 Area Map
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    Unemployment Rate
    Seasonally Adjusted
    Vermont 3.3 3.2 3.7
    New England n/a 4.3 4.8
    United States 4.9 4.9 5.1
    Next Vt release:
    September 20
    Consumer Price Index
    United States
    Index 240.853 240.647
    Annual % Chg 1.1 0.8
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