Department of Numbers

Vermont Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Vermont fell 0.0 percentage points in January 2020 to 2.4%. The state unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Vermont peaked in April 2009 at 6.9% and is now 4.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.3% in February 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see Vermont unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate January 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% +0.1 -0.4
Vermont 2.4% 0.0 0.0

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

Unemployment Rate: Vermont, National

Vermont monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to January 2020

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Vermont Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Vermont peaked in May 2009 at 25,059. There are now 16,755 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 8,036 in April 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 268. Vermont job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Vermont 8,304 +46 +157

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Vermont from 1990 to January 2020

Vermont Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Vermont
Unemployment Rate
Vermont
Unemployed
February 2020 3.5%
January 2020 3.6% 2.4% 8,304
December 2019 3.5% 2.4% 8,258
November 2019 3.5% 2.4% 8,263
October 2019 3.6% 2.4% 8,263
September 2019 3.5% 2.4% 8,238
August 2019 3.7% 2.4% 8,199
July 2019 3.7% 2.4% 8,148
June 2019 3.7% 2.4% 8,094
May 2019 3.6% 2.3% 8,055
April 2019 3.6% 2.3% 8,036
March 2019 3.8% 2.3% 8,045