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Burlington-South Burlington, Vermont Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Burlington fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2019 to 1.7%. 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 4.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 1.7% in May 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Burlington unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% +0.1 -0.2
Vermont 2.2% 0.0 -0.4
Burlington 1.7% 0.0 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2019 data as November 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 May 2009 at 7,175. There are now 5,011 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,147 in July 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 17. Burlington employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Burlington, Vermont) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Burlington 2,164 -1 -485

Number of Unemployed Persons

Burlington, Vermont Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Vermont
Unemployment Rate
Burlington
Unemployment Rate
Burlington
Unemployed
November
2019
3.5%
October
2019
3.6% 2.2% 1.7% 2,164
September
2019
3.5% 2.2% 1.7% 2,165
August
2019
3.7% 2.1% 1.7% 2,149
July
2019
3.7% 2.1% 1.7% 2,147
June
2019
3.7% 2.1% 1.7% 2,176
May
2019
3.6% 2.1% 1.7% 2,207
April
2019
3.6% 2.2% 1.8% 2,249
March
2019
3.8% 2.3% 1.9% 2,351
February
2019
3.8% 2.4% 2.0% 2,467
January
2019
4.0% 2.5% 2.0% 2,569
December
2018
3.9% 2.6% 2.1% 2,654

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.