There were 717 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week. This is a decrease of 359 from the week before, as new claims returned closer to typical levels following a two-week spike in claims resulting from tropical storm Irene. The week prior to the storm saw a seasonal low of fewer than 500 claims. Altogether 6,375 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 425 from a week ago and 962 fewer than a year earlier. The Department also processed 1,444 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 14 fewer than a week ago. In addition, there were 727 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is a decrease of 8 from the week before. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/. Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc
Vermont's unemployment rate increased two-tenths in August to 5.9 percent. See story HERE.
Vermont Labor Force Statistics (Seasonally Adjusted)
Total Labor Force
Vermont’s labor force, employment and unemployment statistics are produced from a combination of a Statewide survey of households and statistical modeling. The data are produced by the Local Area Unemployment Statistics Program (LAUS) a cooperative program with the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Vermont Department of Labor.