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Unemployment remains at 3.7 percent

MONTPELIER — Vermont’s seasonably-adjusted unemployment remained level in October at 3.7 percent, the Vermont Department of Labor announced Friday. October’s unemployment rate matched the revised number from September. The national average in October was 5 percent, according to the department. The October rate, the eighth-lowest in the country, makes the night consecutive month of unemployment below 4 percent. Labor Commissioner Annie Noonan noted a sharp drop in the labor force from September to October of more than 2,000 people. Continue Reading →

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Data breach reported by the Vermont Department of Labor

MONTPELIER — The Vermont State Police have launched a criminal investigation into a former Vermont Department of Labor employee that “acquired” the names and social security numbers of at least 39 people from the department’s unemployment database. The department said the former employee intentionally acquired the unauthorized information through her regular work duties. Although she had access to the information through her work, the department does not allow its employees to copy, transfer, disclose or retain that information for any purpose that is not related to the department’s business. No computer systems were breached, according to the department. Officials did not identify the woman accused of acquiring the personal information. Continue Reading →

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