Department of Numbers

Vermont Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Vermont fell 0.1 percentage points in December 2016 to 3.1%. The state unemployment rate was 1.6 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Vermont peaked in May 2009 at 7.0% and is now 3.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.1% in May 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Vermont unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% +0.1 -0.3
Vermont 3.1% -0.1 -0.4

Note: All comparisons are made with December data as January state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Vermont, National

Vermont monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to December 2016

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Vermont Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Vermont peaked in May 2009 at 25,177. There are now 14,598 fewer people unemployed in the state. Vermont job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Vermont 10,579 -311 -1,503

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Vermont from 1990 to December 2016

Vermont Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Vermont
Unemployment Rate
Vermont
Unemployed
January 2017 4.8%
December 2016 4.7% 3.1% 10,579
November 2016 4.6% 3.2% 10,890
October 2016 4.8% 3.3% 11,322
September 2016 4.9% 3.3% 11,513
August 2016 4.9% 3.3% 11,447
July 2016 4.9% 3.2% 11,226
June 2016 4.9% 3.2% 11,008
May 2016 4.7% 3.1% 10,789
April 2016 5.0% 3.2% 10,986
March 2016 5.0% 3.3% 11,460
February 2016 4.9% 3.4% 11,604