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August 2020 Unemployment and Jobs Press Release
September 18, 2020
"The August report shows employment in the hardest-hit industries such as Leisure and Hospitality is rising but still below pre-pandemic levels.  Meanwhile, data based on the U.S. Census' monthly household survey estimates that nearly 15,000 Vermonters exited the labor force in August.

To be considered part of the statistical labor force, survey respondents must be actively looking for work and willing to accept work if offered; however, the daily impacts of this emergency, from childcare and remote education, to concerns about workplace and personal safety, make the search for work much more challenging.

Knowing that the actual number of Vermonters filing weekly for unemployment benefits remains much higher than the survey data, and that traditional work search requirements have been suspended, we know that the results of the household survey do not accurately reflect Vermont's economic reality.  What is clear, is that the traditional definitions used to calculate unemployment rates or categorize displaced workers under normal circumstances, do not align with the crisis environment we’re in today.” "

Michael Harrington
Labor Commissioner

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