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* Economic & Labor Market Information *
September 2021 Unemployment and Jobs Press Release
October 22, 2021
"This economic recovery is unusual for many reasons. While the unemployment rate is near pre-pandemic levels, the labor force is down approximately 7% or 25,000 individuals. The number of filled jobs is down about 6% or 20,000 positions. This contraction in the labor force combined with Vermont employers ramping up hiring efforts to fill open positions is resulting in an extremely tight labor market. The Department’s job board,, shows over 10,000 open positions currently under recruitment in Vermont and our local workforce teams continue to work with jobseekers, offering both in-person and virtual services, such as workshops, job fairs, and one-on-one career consultations.

Finally, National Apprenticeship Week is right around the corner! This nation-wide celebration of apprenticeship programs and participants is November 15-21st and will highlight the importance of industry recognized credentials. Vermont has over 300 registered apprenticeship programs across 35 different occupations, and the average rate of pay for an apprentice at the completion of the program is $23.75 per hour. More information can be found online at or by calling 833-719-1051."

Michael Harrington

Labor Force Estimates, seasonally adjusted

Schedule of Upcoming Unemployment and Jobs Press Releases through January 2022.
What's new?
  • Unemployment Weekly Report - October 21, 2021
    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
  • Per Capita Personal Income for VT & US - 1998-2020 Current Dollars revised
    Vermont's revised 2020 Per Capita Personal Income, in Current Dollars, increased to $59,187, still a ranking of 19. Charts and data available at Wages & Income.
  • Gross Job Gains and Losses - December 2020
    Gross job losses slightly exceeded gains in December 2020 resulting in a net decrease of -776 jobs. (table, graph). See all of Vermont graphs and tables at Business Employment Dynamics. Also available, annual March to March gains and losses from 1994 to 2020.
  • Alternative Unemployment Rates:   3rd Quarter 2020 - 2nd Quarter 2021 Averages
    Alternative measures of the unemployment rate that are more narrowly or broadly defined than the traditional estimate. Available at Unemployment.
  • Wages, Benefits, Contributions and Employment by Industry - 2020
    Covered Employment and Wage information is combined with Unemployment Compensation Benefits in this UI report available at Publications.
  • Quarterly Workforce Indicators - 3rd Quarter 2020
    QWI Explorer reports various economic / demographic measures for Age, Sex, Education, Race and Ethnicity groups. Produced by U.S. Census, Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics.
  • UI 20 Year Statistical Record 2000-2019
    A report on the Vermont Unemployment Insurance Program showing trust fund, benefit, wage information and more.  This and more UI reports are at Publications.
  • Unemployment Compensation Statistical Tables - 2019
    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.
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    * Minimum Wage *
    Minimum Wage Increases to $11.75 for 2021.
    Vermont's minimum wage rate will increase to $11.75 per hour from the current rate of $10.96 per hour, effective on January 1, 2021.
  • 2021 Minimum Wage Poster
  • Oct-27-2020
    * Data Releases *
    Unemployment and Jobs Numbers - September 2021
      - Labor Force and Unemployment:  Data Tool / Report.
      - Nonfarm Employment:  Data Tool / Report.
    Our most popular publication of state and county economic data has been updated. Included are county commuting patterns along with other regional information on income, population, housing, and employment.
      - 2021 Economic & Demographic Profile Series
    An interactive tool comparing male/female employment and earnings ratios.
      - Earnings and Jobs by Industry and Sex
    Preliminary estimates of Covered Employment averaged 282,438 for the 1st Quarter of 2021. Also revised 4th quarter and annual for 2020.
      - Covered Employment and Wages Tool
      - 2021 Year To Date
      - 2021 Size Class tables
            by Establishment
            by Firm
      Prevailing Wage rates required under the Capital Construction Act for state construction projects have been updated and are effective from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.
      Note: New Registered Apprentice Rates
    The 2018-2028 Long Term Occupational Projections for Substate areas are now available. Find the top occupations in growth, openings and by required level of education.
      - 2018-2028 Long Term Occupational Projections
      Occupational Projection tables
          - Statewide HTML | XLS
          - Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA HTML | XLS
          - Northern Balance Of State HTML | XLS
          - Southern Balance Of State HTML | XLS
    Latest estimates of employment, hourly and annual wage rates for over 600 occupations.
     - Vermont
     - Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metro NECTA
     - Northern Vermont Balance Of State
     - Southern Vermont Balance Of State
     - OES Area Map
    * Quick Stats *
    Unemployment Rate
    Seasonally Adjusted
    Vermont 2.9 3.0 4.6
    New England n/a 5.3 8.0
    United States 4.8 5.2 7.8
    Next Vt release:
    November 19
    Consumer Price Index
    United States
    Index 274.310 273.567
    Annual % Chg 5.4 5.3
    10 year table Inflation Calculator
    Next release:
    November 10
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