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June Unemployment Rate Unchanged

Vermont’s monthly unemployment rate held steady at 3.6 percent in June, unchanged from the May rate, according to seasonally adjusted data from the state's Department of Labor.

Burlington-South Burlington, which is the state’s largest labor market, and White River Junction had the lowest rate at 2.9 percent.

The high was 5.3 percent in Derby. The local labor market rates are not seasonally adjusted.

"Overall, in the past 12- months, the private sector in Vermont has added an estimated 4,000 jobs. This growth in the Vermont economy has not been found in just one industry but across many business sectors," said Commissioner of Labor Annie Noonan in a news release.

According to the department, the job additions included 1,500 government jobs, 600 positions in private education and 300 jobs in professional and business services.

Industries losing jobs were construction (500 jobs lost) and manufacturing (400 jobs lost).

Vermont’s labor force grew by 150 workers over the 12 month period.

Labor force participation has been an issue in recent years as individuals gave up looking for work and left the labor pool.  They are not counted in the monthly unemployment data.

Another measure of unemployment,  the U-6 rate, includes individuals who have given up looking for jobs and those who are working part time because they can't find full time work. The most recent U-6 rate for Vermont is 8.6 percent. The national average is 10.5.