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Important Notice

Holiday Unemployment Insurance Claims Processing Notice

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.

All State of Vermont offices are closed in observance of Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 23, 2017 and Friday, November 24, 2017.

Your weekly claim for the week ending November 18, 2017 must be filed by Wednesday, November 22nd due to Thursday, November 23rd and Friday, November 24th are holidays.

Consider direct deposit to receive your benefits quicker and easier. When the direct deposit request is received the information is verified with your bank.  This can take up to ten days after request. For more information regarding direct deposit visit http://labor.vermont.gov/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/B-38-WEB-Direct-Deposit-Services.pdf.

Kids’ Chance of Vermont Educational Scholarships Awards

Kids’ Chance of Vermont is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year educational scholarship award. This scholarship is given to the children of Vermont’s injured workers.

Applications for a scholarship for the 2018-2019 school year must be turned in by Saturday, April 1st, 2018 by 4:30pm. To request an application, contact Keith Kasper, Esq. at kjk@mc-fitz.com. Scholarships will be awarded by Wednesday, May 30th 2018.

For more information about the “Kids’ Chance of Vermont Educational Scholarships Awards” visit the “Kids Chance of Vermont” web site at kidschanceofvermont.com.

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:
Gmail
Outlook
LYCOS Mail
mail.com
YAHOO!

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

Learn more about Vermont’s New Earned Sick Time Law

As of January 1, 2017, most Vermont employers will be required to provide their employees with paid sick leave. The Vermont Department of Labor is charged with enforcing the new law. Below you will find the mandatory workplace poster. For a copy of the new poster, click here. You will also find a series of “Frequently Asked Questions”. For a copy of the “Frequently Asked Questions” click here.

There is also a link to the Vermont Department of Labor’s “Final Rule”. For a copy of the “Final Earned Sick Time Rule” click here. To view the Act passed by the Vermont Legislators, click here. If you have questions about the new law, please call 802-828-4281.

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Vermont’s Statewide 2014-2024 Long Term Occupational Projections

The Vermont Department of Labor announces the release of the 2014-2024 Long Term Occupational Projections, showing future employment growth in over 500 occupations. Also included in the release is the Median Wage Rate and the typical Education, Work Experience and On-The-Job Training needed for each occupation.

Long Term Projections provide a general guide for the direction and relative strength of occupational demand and assist the educational community, workforce development specialists, and individuals exploring careers to plan for the future and identify occupations that will show promise in the number of annual openings and good incomes over the long run.

For more information visit Occupational Projections and or download the 2014-2024 Long Term Occupational Projections – Statewide [XLS] report.