Vermont’s unemployment rate is holding steady. The percentage of Vermont’s work force that was unemployed last month was 3.4 percent, the same rate as June. The Department of Employment and Training says the Vermont rate compares with a national rate of 4.6 percent.
Unemployment rates for Vermont’s 13 labor market areas ranged from a low of 1.8 percent in Hartford, to 4.7-percent in Springfield. The state lost a number of jobs in local education, but gained jobs in summer recreation, retail trade, construction and other areas.