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Burlington-South Burlington, Vermont Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Burlington fell 0.1 percentage points in July 2021 to 2.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Vermont rate. The unemployment rate in Burlington peaked in April 2020 at 12.9% and is now 10.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.4% in February 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Burlington unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Vermont 3.0% -0.1 -3.4
Burlington 2.8% -0.1 -3.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August 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 16,429. There are now 13,131 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,790 in February 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 508. Burlington employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Burlington, Vermont) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Burlington 3,298 -83 -3,844

Number of Unemployed Persons

Burlington, Vermont Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Vermont
Unemployment Rate
Burlington
Unemployment Rate
Burlington
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 3.0% 2.8% 3,298
June
2021
5.9% 3.1% 2.9% 3,381
May
2021
5.8% 3.0% 2.5% 2,855
April
2021
6.1% 2.9% 2.5% 2,912
March
2021
6.0% 2.9% 2.4% 2,811
February
2021
6.2% 3.0% 2.4% 2,790
January
2021
6.3% 3.2% 2.6% 2,963
December
2020
6.7% 3.5% 2.8% 3,285
November
2020
6.7% 3.7% 3.0% 3,452
October
2020
6.9% 4.0% 3.1% 3,679
September
2020
7.8% 4.6% 4.0% 4,734

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.