Vermont Unemployment Rate Rises to 4.4 percent in September


The Vermont Department of Labor announced today that the seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for September 2014 was 4.4 percent. This represents an increase of three-tenths of a percent from the revised August rate (4.1 percent). The equivalent national average was 5.9 percent, which decreased by two-tenths of a percent from the previous month’s estimate. This is the fourth monthly increase to the statewide unemployment rate in Vermont in the past year. As of the prior month’s initial data, Vermont’s unemployment rate was the fifth lowest in the country.

Vermont Unemployment Rate Rises to 4.4 percent in September


Veterans’ Career Fair


Thursday, November 6, 2014

Holiday Inn
1608 Williston Road
South Burlington, VT 05403

We will be welcoming Military Veterans (only) from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The Job Fair is open to the General Public from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bring your resume and meet with area employers! This event is to support our Vermont Veterans.

Business Professional Attire is recommended.

This Job Fair Is Hosted By:
Vermont Department of Labor and
Veteran Employment Representatives

For information on this job fair and/or to reserve a table, please contact VDOL staff Lloyd Goodrow at (802) 652-0339 ( or Shirley Snelling-Sexton at (802) 524-7392 (

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Electronic Quarterly Report Filing Requirement Effective with the 3rd Quarter 2014 Reporting


Attention Vermont Employers
Mandatory Electronic Filing for All Employers

Effective for the 3rd quarter 2014 reporting (due on or before October 31, 2014) ALL employers are required to file their quarterly Unemployment Insurance Wage and Contribution Reports electronically.

Employers reporting 0 to 250 employees:

  • The electronic Vermont Internet Tax and Wage System (VITWS) can be accessed by selecting “Employer Online Services” on the home page, then selecting “File Your Quarterly Reports & Taxable Wage Base Information”.
  • Employers will be mailed a temporary password during the last week of September. When the temporary password is received, log onto the Vermont Internet Tax and Wage System (VITWS) to create your own custom password for quarterly filing. Please retain your newly established password for safe keeping, as this will be your permanent password for all future filings. If you need to reset your password, you will need to call the Employer Service Unit at 802-828-4344.

Employers reporting more than 250 employees:

  • Must utilize the Large Employer Reporting System.
  • If you are not registered, please find the specifications and application (C-29A) at, under “Forms”, “Employer Forms”.
  • To utilize the Large Employer Reporting System, submit the C-29A Before October 13, 2014.

A penalty assessment of $100.00 will be charged to employers who fail to file electronically.


Vermont’s Minimum Wage Will Increase on January 1st


Meals and Lodging Allowances Will Also See Slight Increases

Montpelier, VT – The Vermont Department of Labor announced today that the STATE minimum
wage rate will be increased to $8.73 per hour – from the current rate of $8.60 per hour – effective on
January 1, 2014.

Under Vermont statute (21 VSA § 384), Vermont’s minimum wage increases each year at the same
rate as the Consumer Price Index (as calculated in August for the preceding year, or at 5%, whichever
is less). The same calculation increase applies to the basic wage rate for tipped employees and the
maximum tip credit allowed, and for the permitted-deduction-rates for employer-provided rooms
and meals.

Service or tipped employees rate will increase to $4.23 per hour from $4.17. “Service or tipped”
employees may include individuals working in businesses such as hotels, motels, tourist places and
restaurants, and who customarily and regularly receive more than $120.00 a month in tips for direct
and personal service. The service or tipped employee’s total earnings during a pay period (a
combination of tips and basic wage) must equal or exceed the minimum wage of $8.73 per hour, and
if not the employer must make up the difference.

An employer may deduct from wages earned an allowance for meals and lodging actually furnished
and accepted. The allowances and the increased rates as of January 1, 2014 are as follows:
Breakfast $2.94 daily
Lunch $3.30 daily
Dinner $3.67 daily
Full Board $9.91 daily or $69.37 per week
Nightly Lodging $4.04 daily
Full Room $24.30 weekly
Full room & Board $83.93 per week

Vermont law requires all employers to post the minimum wage rates. Updated posters for both the
minimum wage and meals and lodging allowance can be found at the Vermont Department of
Labor’s website ( under the “Publications” section.

Information about the minimum wage or other wage and hour regulations impacting Vermont’s
workforce can be found on the Vermont Department of Labor website at or
contact the Department of Labor Wage and Hour Program at 802-828-0267.


For Immediate Release
October 25, 2013
Contact: Mathew Barewicz, Economic & Labor Market Information Chief
Vermont Department of Labor
Phone: 802-828-4153 or at