Holiday Processing Information for UI Claims

With the holiday season upon us, here are some tips to help you avoid unnecessary delay in receiving
your benefit payment or filing your weekly claim.

  • Choose Direct Deposit! With the approaching holidays, mail volume increases causing mail
    delivery to slow down. Direct Deposit will have no delays other than holiday closures of banks
    and the State of Vermont offices. Also, Direct Deposits are processed every business day while
    paper checks are generally mailed Thursdays.
  • File your weekly claim early in the week. By filing your claim on Sunday or Monday, your
    payment may issue earlier.
  • Reopen your claim online! If you have established a new claim less than one year ago, you can
    reopen your claim online at and click on “Unemployment Insurance”. It
    must be more than two weeks since you last filed a weekly claim. If you have worked since you
    last reopened your claim, you must have returned to work for an established Vermont employer
    since your last weekly claim. To assure you have your claim open for the correct week,
    remember to log in and reopen your claim during the first week you have worked reduced hours
    or performed no work at all.
  • State of Vermont offices are closed on Monday, December 25, 2017 and Monday, January 1,
    2018. Both of these weeks will have a delay in processing payments due to these holiday

New Vermont JobLink User Requirements

Soon Vermont JobLink will require a working email address to uniquely identify you with your account for security purposes. You will also be able to use your email address to reset your password and opt into notifications that will enhance your job search.

Please prepare for these upcoming changes by reviewing your contact information now. Click My Profile in your main menu, then click Edit Contact Information. If you have already provided an email address, please ensure you can access it and that it is not shared with any other Vermont JobLink users (such as a spouse or other family member). If you have not provided an email address, please do so. After making any changes, click Save on the Contact Information page.

If you need to set up an email account, here are the links to a few of the free email providers:

Vermont Unemployment Rate Holds at 2.9 percent in October

The Vermont Department of Labor announced today that the seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for October was 2.9 percent. This reflects no change from the revised September rate. The national rate in October was 4.1 percent. As of the prior month’s preliminary data, the Burlington-South Burlington Metropolitan NECTA was tied for the fifteenth lowest unemployment rate in the country for all metropolitan areas. Overall, Vermont’s unemployment rate was the seventh lowest in the country for the same time period.

Vermont Unemployment Rate Holds at 2.9 percent in October