Department of Numbers

Vermont Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Vermont fell 0.3 percentage points in May 2021 to 2.6%. The state unemployment rate was 3.2 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Vermont peaked in April 2020 at 14.8% and is now 12.2 percentage points lower. You can also see Vermont unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
Vermont 2.6% -0.3 -6.7

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

Unemployment Rate: Vermont, National

Vermont monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 2021

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Vermont Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Vermont peaked in April 2020 at 52,219. There are now 44,186 fewer people unemployed in the state. Vermont job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Vermont 8,033 -918 -23,006

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Vermont from 1990 to May 2021

Vermont Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Vermont
Unemployment Rate
Vermont
Unemployed
June 2021 5.9%
May 2021 5.8% 2.6% 8,033
April 2021 6.1% 2.9% 8,951
March 2021 6.0% 2.9% 9,160
February 2021 6.2% 3.0% 9,517
January 2021 6.3% 3.2% 10,109
December 2020 6.7% 3.5% 10,924
November 2020 6.7% 3.7% 11,596
October 2020 6.9% 4.0% 12,714
September 2020 7.8% 4.6% 14,600
August 2020 8.4% 5.4% 17,252
July 2020 10.2% 6.4% 20,685