State unemployment rate holds steady in July

MONTPELIER — Vermont’s unemployment rate has not risen for the past 10 months, according to July data released Friday by the state Department of Labor.

July’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate came in at 3.6, identical to the state’s unemployment rate for June, and 1.7 percent lower than the nation’s monthly unemployment rate.

Overall, the state’s civilian work force grew by 400 people in July to 349,400, with the number of unemployed people holding steady from June to July at 12,400.

“The last few months have seen little change from the slow, but positive, trend of the Vermont economy,” said Department of Labor Commissioner Annie Noonan.

Some work sectors fared better than others, with education and health care adding 600 jobs, an increase of nearly 1 percent. On the other side, the number of government jobs fell by 400, or 2.1 percent.

Regionally, the unemployment rate around the state ranged from a low of 3 percent in Burlington to 4.9 percent in Bennington and in Derby.

In the Barre-Montpelier area, the monthly unemployment rate came in below the state average at 3.3 percent, identical to the region’s unemployment rate for June.

From June to July, the Rutland region saw its unemployment rate fall from 4.6 percent to 4.3 percent. Bennington, on the other hand saw its monthly unemployment rate rise from 4.4 percent to 4.9 percent, the greatest one-month increase in the state.

Woodstock saw the greatest one-month decrease, falling from 5.2 percent in June to 4.5 in July.

It’s important to note the regional unemployment numbers are not seasonally adjusted. However, the not-seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for July was the same as the seasonally adjusted rate at 3.6 percent.

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