The Vermont Department of Labor announced today that the seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for August was 2.8 percent. This reflects no change from the revised July rate. The national rate in August was 3.9 percent. As of the prior month’s preliminary data, the Burlington-South Burlington Metropolitan NECTA was tied for the nineteenth lowest unemployment rate in the country for all metropolitan areas. Overall, Vermont’s unemployment rate was tied for fifth lowest in the country for the same time period.
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.
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: https://www.uvm.edu/consumer/hiring-your-first-employee.
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.
Commissioner of Labor, Lindsay Kurrle, announced the appointment of long-time Department of Labor employee David Lahr as the new Workforce Development
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 802-828-0267.