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March 2015 Unemployment and Jobs Press Release
April 21, 2015
"Vermont's economy was bolstered by a successful 2014-2015 ski season, as evidenced by the year over year comparisons within the Leisure and Hospitality sector measurements.  We are focusing on the new seasonal job opportunities in this sector, and in Construction and Manufacturing.  The Department of Labor is working on several initiatives to connect veterans, dislocated and trade adjusted workers, and long-term unemployed to training programs that guarantee jobs at the end of the training.  We are working with well-known employers who are hiring.  Some of these initiatives include pre-apprentice and apprenticeships, industry credentialing, and federally-funded On-the-Job Trainings (OJTs).  The best way for job seekers to learn more about these and other programs is to visit with staff in one of our 12 regional career resource centers.  There are many employers who are in need of workers, and it is often a matter of having assistance in making the connection with the right person within the organization, which the Department can facilitate."
Annie M. Noonan
Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Labor
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Unemployment Press Release Dates through January 2016.
What's new?
  • Unemployment Weekly Report - May 20, 2015
    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 - March
    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
  • LAUS Annual Summaries - 2015: County | Labor Market Area
    Local Area Unemployment Statistics 2015 Annual summaries for County and Labor Market Area are now available at Publications. Each contains revised estimates from recent benchmarking activities and 5 years of not seasonally adjusted estimates.
  • Gross Job Gains and Losses - September 2014
    Seasonally adjusted job losses exceeded gains in September 2014, resulting in net jobs decreasing. (graph). See all of Vermont graphs and tables at Business Employment Dynamics. Also available is annual March to March gains and losses for 2014.
  • Alternative Unemployment Rates:   2014 2nd Qtr - 2015 1st Qtr Average
    Alternative measures of the unemployment rate that are more narrowly or broadly defined than the traditional estimate. Available at Unemployment.
  • Unemployment Compensation Statistical Tables - 2014 PDF
    Find tables on initial claims, weeks claimed, unemployment compensation payments and more, all based on the Vermont Unemployment Insurance Program.  This and more UI reports are at Publications.
  • 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.
  • Labor Market Newsletter - December 2014
    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.
    * 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.
    View the
  • Minimum Wage Poster or
  • Minimum Wage Determination.
  • Dec-17-2014
    * Data Releases *
    Employment and Wages released for 1988-2014 with labor market area data revised for the new 2015 geographic definitions.
    Labor Force substate area estimates from 1990-2013 have been released. Estimates were revised for the LAUS redesign, 2014 Benchmark and the 2015 update to Labor Market Area definitions based on 2010 Census.
    Projections of industry employment and the top occupations with the most openings or the fastest growth.
      - Short term employment projections (pdf)
    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
    * Quick Stats *
    Unemployment Rate
    Seasonally Adjusted
    Vermont 3.8 3.9 4.0
    New England n/a 5.3 6.2
    United States 5.5 5.5 6.6
    Consumer Price Index
    United States
    Index 236.599 236.119
    Annual % Chg -0.2 -0.1
    10 year table Inflation Calculator
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    June 18
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