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October 2018 Unemployment and Jobs Press Release
November 16, 2018
"For the fourteenth consecutive month, the Vermont unemployment rate is below 3%. Tight labor market conditions are readily apparent to nearly all Vermont employers across the industry spectrum. The October data released today shows signs of a maturing economic expansion as employers are finding it increasingly challenging to find qualified applicants to fill job vacancies.

November 12th – 16th is National Apprenticeship Week. Workforce development professionals around the State are encouraging employers to create on-the-job training models like Registered Apprenticeships and Pre-Apprenticeships to help narrow the gap between the demands of a position and the skills of a job seeker. The Vermont Department of Labor has resources to help employers create structured models that fit business and growth needs. Job seekers appreciate this model because not only are they “earning while they’re learning”, they also benefit from one-on-one mentoring, progressive pay raises, and a nationally recognized credential upon completion.

I encourage Vermont businesses and individuals interested in exploring on-the-job training models and Registered Apprenticeship programs, to reach out to their local Vermont Department of Labor Career Resource Center to learn about the Registered Apprenticeship program and how the Department of Labor can help create and administer sponsored training opportunities ."

Lindsay Kurrle
Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Labor
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Schedule of Upcoming Unemployment and Jobs Press Releases through January 2019.
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  • Unemployment Weekly Report - December 5, 2018
    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 - Local Areas 2017
    Per Capita Personal Income for 2017 is available for counties, metroploitian and micropolitan areas from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). Go to Wages and Income.
  • Economic and Travel Indicators - September
    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
  • Gross Job Gains and Losses - March 2018
    For March 2018, gross job losses outpaced gains resulting in a net decrease in jobs. (table, graph). See all of Vermont graphs and tables at Business Employment Dynamics. Also available is annual March to March gains and losses from 1994 to 2018.
  • Alternative Unemployment Rates:   4th Quarter 2017 - 3rd Quarter 2018 Averages
    Alternative measures of the unemployment rate that are more narrowly or broadly defined than the traditional estimate. Available at Unemployment.
  • Vt Labor Market Quarterly - October 2018
    A quarterly publication of recent economic data and trends by the Economic and Labor Market Information Division.
  • Quarterly Workforce Indicators - 4th Quarter 2017
    QWI Explorer reports various economic / demographic measures for Age, Sex, Education, Race and Ethnicity groups. Produced by U.S. Census, Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics.
  • Vermont State Construction Prevailing Wage Rate Schedule Updated, effective July 1, 2018
    Vermont State Construction Prevailing Wage Rate Schedule has been updated and is effective as of July 1, 2018. Note: New Registered Apprentice Rates. Also avaiable at Wages & Income.
  • Wages, Benefits, Contributions and Employment by Industry - 2017
    Covered Employment and Wage information is combined with Unemployment Compensation Benefits in this UI report available at Publications.
  • Per Capita Personal Income - VT & US 2017
    Vermont's per capita personal income increased to $51,114 and a ranking of 19 in 2017. Charts and data available at Wages & Income.
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    Unemployment and Jobs Numbers - October 2018
      - Labor Force and Unemployment:  Data Tool / Report.
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    Preliminary estimates of Covered Employment averaged 307,867 for 2nd Quarter, 2018. Also released, revised 2018 1st Quarter.
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