Hundreds of additional people in the Northeast Kingdom are back to work

Hundreds of additional people in the Northeast Kingdom are back to work and hundreds more are now looking for work.

The June unemployment report was released Friday and shows that while the local unemployment rates ticked up, it is because more people are rejoining the labor force and the total number of people with jobs has climbed month over month as well as year over year. The region, like the rest of Vermont, is still short of the number of people who were working before the pandemic.

The unadjusted unemployment rate in Derby ticked up to 3.7% in Derby. The statewide unadjusted unemployment rate was at 2.5% in June.

“The summer months are historically a busy time for hiring and this year is proving to be no different. Job postings continue to be high, and employers are filling at a record pace,” said Michael Harrington, Labor Commissioner. 

The Labor Department reports that job gains were seen in Arts, Entertainment and Recreation and Accommodation and Food Services sectors month over month and year over year. The state added 5,900 private industry jobs and 1,300 government jobs.

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