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Burlington-South Burlington, Vermont Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Burlington fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2021 to 2.9%. 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 14.8% and is now 11.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.6% in November 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Burlington unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Vermont 3.1% -0.1 +0.6
Burlington 2.9% -0.1 +1.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 data as March 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 15,154 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,132 in October 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 207. Burlington employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Burlington, Vermont) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Burlington 3,339 -90 +924

Number of Unemployed Persons

Burlington, Vermont Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Vermont
Unemployment Rate
Burlington
Unemployment Rate
Burlington
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 3.1% 2.9% 3,339
January
2021
6.3% 3.2% 3.0% 3,429
December
2020
6.7% 3.5% 2.9% 3,466
November
2020
6.7% 3.7% 2.6% 3,132
October
2020
6.9% 4.0% 2.7% 3,132
September
2020
7.8% 4.6% 3.7% 4,294
August
2020
8.4% 5.4% 4.2% 5,005
July
2020
10.2% 6.4% 7.6% 9,262
June
2020
11.1% 7.7% 8.5% 10,551
May
2020
13.3% 9.3% 11.8% 14,579
April
2020
14.8% 14.8% 14.8% 18,493

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.