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Vermont 2016-2026 Long Term Industry and Occupational Projections

The Vermont Department of Labor announces the release of the 2016-2026 Long Term Employment
Projections by industry and by occupation. Long Term Occupational Projections show future growth in
over 500 occupations and include Median Wage Rates and the typical Education, Work Experience, and
On-the-Job Training needed for each occupation.

Long Term Occupational 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 Industry Projections or Occupational Projections.

Now Enrolling for Computer Numeric Controlled Operator Training

The Southwest Vermont Career Development Center, in conjunction with Kaman Composites Vermont, K&E Plastics, Hale Mountain Research and Mack Molding, is pleased to announce enrollment is now open to the general public for CNC (Computer Numeric Controlled) Operator Level 1 Training. The training will consist of 30 hours of classroom instruction over the span of 5 weeks and is scheduled to start on October 2nd. The training sessions will be conducted on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 5:00-8:00 at the Career Development Center. The tuition cost is $231.25 (but may be lower depending on class size).

Each student who successfully completes the CNC Operator Level 1 training will be afforded an interview for an advanced manufacturing position with at least one of the participating companies.

This is a wonderful opportunity for high school students, senior citizens or folks looking for a career change who have an interest in working in an advanced manufacturing environment.

Seats are limited and will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. For more information on enrolment and tuition assistance please contact the Vermont Department of Labor- Bennington Office at 802-442-6376.

Hiring Your First Employee

The Vermont Attorney General’s Office has created helpful guidance for new employers who are hiring their first employee. Use this guide to understand legal requirement associated with becoming an employer in the State of Vermont. These requirements include: federal and state tax law, unemployment insurance, workers’ compensation insurance, and payroll deductions.

By clicking on the link below, you will leave the Vermont Department of Labor’s website for the Vermont Consumer Assistance Program website, a partnership between the Vermont Attorney General and the University of Vermont:

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 2.8 percent in July

The Vermont Department of Labor announced today that the seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for July was 2.8 percent. This reflects no change from the revised June rate. The national rate in July was 3.9 percent. As of the prior month’s preliminary data, the Burlington-South Burlington Metropolitan NECTA was tied for the twelfth lowest unemployment rate in the country for all metropolitan areas. Overall, Vermont’s unemployment rate was sixth lowest in the country for the same time period.

Vermont Unemployment Rate Holds at 2.8 percent in July