"We were pleased that the monthly unemployment rate held steady, particularly as we approach the traditionally-higher seasonal period for unemployment claims, as we start to see the slow-down in outside construction and landscaping. The statistical variation in certain industries has been more difficult for Vermont to capture given the federal methodology. As such, the reported reduction of 2,100 jobs is more likely related to the difficulty in modeling Vermont's seasonal hiring patterns, particularly related to education.
Vermont continues to see many job openings at all levels. In fact, during the month of October, there were 6,600 online job ads in Vermont, which may reflect many more actual openings. Employers are strongly encouraged to work with the Vermont Department of Labor offices in your area for staff-assisted recruitment, screening and applicant referrals.
Governor Shumlin has declared this week "Vermont Apprenticeship Week" to highlight the great system of registered apprenticeship in Vermont. Apprenticeship provides a system to develop important skills while mentored by the employer, while earning a salary and a nationally-recognized credential.
Vermont employers who are interested in participating as an employer-sponsor, or Vermonters who want to enter an apprenticeship, can call the VDOL at 802-828-5250."
Annie M. Noonan Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Labor
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