Thu, Dec 26, 2013 05:51 PM
(AP) _ The Vermont Department of Labor says the state's
unemployment rate dropped one-tenth of one percent last month to
4.4 percent, the fifth lowest rate in the country.
Vermont Labor Commissioner Annie Noonan says the state is ending
the calendar year with continued economic growth.
The Vermont rate compares to a national unemployment rate last
month of 7 percent.
Unemployment in Vermont's 17 labor markets ranged from a low of 2.5
percent in Hartford to a high of 5.8 percent in the Newport
Employment sectors that had significant job growth last month
include leisure and hospitality, which added about 1,800 jobs, and
manufacturing, 400 jobs.
The most significant declines came from state government, which
dropped 300 jobs and financial activities, down 100 jobs.