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State Monthly Unemployment Rate Up Slightly, Fewer Employed

Vermont’s unemployment rose by .1 percent in September, to 3.7 percent.

Of the state’s 17 labor markets, Derby had the highest unemployment rate at 5.5 percent, while the lowest was 3.2 percent in Burlington-South Burlington. Unlike the statewide rate, the local rates are not adjusted to compensate for seasonal changes in employment.

The national unemployment rate in September was 5.1 percent.

The state’s unemployment rate peaked at 7.0 percent in May of 2009 and has fallen steadily since.

The state’s labor force declined in September to 347,200, the lowest number since November, 2003.

"It has been a very positive 12 month period, during which time Vermont's unemployment rate has only increased once,” said Labor Secretary Annie Noonan in a statement.

“Vermont's current rate of 3.7 percent is still one of the very lowest unemployment rates in the country, and many Vermont employers are continuing to recruit and hire new employees,”

However, according to the Public Assets Institute the latest numbers “show virtually no growth in 2015”.

“Total employment, which includes the self-employed along with payroll employees, dropped for the second month in a row. There were 2,500 fewer Vermonters working in September than in July,” the Vermont-based non-profit said in response to the latest figures.

Steve has been with VPR since 1994, first serving as host of VPR’s public affairs program and then as a reporter, based in Central Vermont. Many VPR listeners recognize Steve for his special reports from Iran, providing a glimpse of this country that is usually hidden from the rest of the world. Prior to working with VPR, Steve served as program director for WNCS for 17 years, and also worked as news director for WCVR in Randolph. A graduate of Northern Arizona University, Steve also worked for stations in Phoenix and Tucson before moving to Vermont in 1972. Steve has been honored multiple times with national and regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for his VPR reporting, including a 2011 win for best documentary for his report, Afghanistan's Other War.
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