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Burlington-South Burlington, Vermont Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Burlington fell 0.0 percentage points in May 2018 to 2.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the Vermont rate. The unemployment rate in Burlington peaked in April 2009 at 6.0% and is now 3.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.2% in January 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Burlington unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.1 -0.5
Vermont 2.8% 0.0 -0.3
Burlington 2.3% 0.0 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2018 data as June 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 2009 at 7,181. There are now 4,299 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,712 in January 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 170. Burlington employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Burlington, Vermont) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Burlington 2,882 -37 -196

Number of Unemployed Persons

Burlington, Vermont Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Vermont
Unemployment Rate
Burlington
Unemployment Rate
Burlington
Unemployed
June
2018
4.0%
May
2018
3.8% 2.8% 2.3% 2,882
April
2018
3.9% 2.8% 2.3% 2,919
March
2018
4.1% 2.8% 2.2% 2,754
February
2018
4.1% 2.8% 2.2% 2,822
January
2018
4.1% 2.9% 2.2% 2,712
December
2017
4.1% 2.9% 2.3% 2,815
November
2017
4.1% 2.9% 2.3% 2,883
October
2017
4.1% 2.9% 2.3% 2,914
September
2017
4.2% 2.9% 2.4% 2,939
August
2017
4.4% 3.0% 2.4% 2,970
July
2017
4.3% 3.0% 2.4% 2,978

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.