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Burlington-South Burlington, Vermont Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Burlington fell 0.6 percentage points in September 2020 to 3.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the Vermont rate. The unemployment rate in Burlington peaked in April 2020 at 14.8% and is now 11.2 percentage points lower. You can also compare Burlington unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 7.9% -0.5 +4.4
Vermont 4.3% -0.5 +1.9
Burlington 3.6% -0.6 +1.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2020 data as October metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Burlington, Vermont, National

Burlington, Vermont monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Burlington, Vermont Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Burlington peaked in April 2020 at 18,493. There are now 14,263 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Burlington employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Burlington, Vermont) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Burlington 4,230 -775 +1,839

Number of Unemployed Persons

Burlington, Vermont Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Vermont
Unemployment Rate
Burlington
Unemployment Rate
Burlington
Unemployed
October
2020
6.9% 3.2%
September
2020
7.9% 4.3% 3.6% 4,230
August
2020
8.4% 4.8% 4.2% 5,005
July
2020
10.2% 8.3% 7.6% 9,262
June
2020
11.1% 9.5% 8.5% 10,551
May
2020
13.3% 12.8% 11.8% 14,579
April
2020
14.7% 16.5% 14.8% 18,493
March
2020
4.4% 3.1% 2.6% 3,212
February
2020
3.5% 2.4% 1.9% 2,415
January
2020
3.6% 2.4% 1.9% 2,428
December
2019
3.5% 2.4% 1.9% 2,430
November
2019
3.5% 2.4% 1.9% 2,416

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.