Unemployment rate unchanged for November

The Vermont Department of Labor announced that the seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for November was 2.9 percent, reflecting no change from the revised October rate.

The national rate in November was 4.1 percent. Overall, Vermont’s unemployment rate was tied for the sixth-lowest in the country for the time period. And as of the prior month’s preliminary data, the Burlington-South Burlington Metropolitan was tied for the ninth-lowest unemployment rate in the country for all metropolitan areas, according to a Labor Department news release.

“The November numbers show the winter tourism season in Vermont is off to a strong start. Thanks to some early winter-like weather, many mountain-based employers were able to open early enough in November to be captured by the monthly jobs survey,” said Lindsay Kurrle, commissioner of the Vermont Department of Labor.

“Winter tourism creates a lot of economic activity across the state. If you are interested in finding work either on a mountain or in your local town, the Vermont Department of Labor can assist all individuals with their job search. Vermont employers are recruiting at all skill levels,” she added.

The seasonally-adjusted Vermont data for November show the Vermont civilian labor force increased by 450 from the prior month’s revised estimate: the number of employed persons increased by 550 and the number of unemployed dropped by 100, the department said.

Vermont designates 17 separate labor markets and unemployment rates varied among them from a low of 2.0 percent for November in White River Junction to 4.1 percent in Derby. Those figures are not seasonally adjusted. For comparison, the November unadjusted unemployment rate for Vermont was 2.7 percent, reflecting an increase of four-tenths of one percentage point from the revised unadjusted October level and a drop of two-tenths of one percentage point from a year ago.

The December Unemployment and Jobs Report is scheduled to be released on Jan. 23.

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