Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims hit a modest spike last week, but remain lower than they were the same time last year. For the week of February 24, 2018, there were 742 claims, 330 more than than they were the previous week and 44 fewer than they were a year ago. Altogether 6,082 new and continuing claims were filed, an increase of 145 from a week ago, and 933 fewer than a year ago. For most weeks of 2017 and into 2018 claims have registered below the year before.
For UI claims last week by industry, Services, which typically accounts for most claims, totaled 40 percent. Manufacturing held 8 percent and Construction held at 33 percent of total claims, which is a relatively high percentage for this category.
The Department processed 0 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08).
Vermont's unemployment rate for December was 2.8 percent. This reflects a one-tenth drop from the revised November, October and September rates (2.9 percent), as all the major indicators slightly improved (the January rate will be made public March 12). SEE STORY.
On July 1, 2017, the state reduced taxable rates for individual employers according to their experience rating. The rate reduction cut the highest UI tax rate from 8.4 percent to 7.7 percent, and the lowest rate from 1.3 percent to 1.1 percent. Additionally, July 1 marked the sunset of a provision that required claimants to wait one week between the time they were determined eligible for benefits to when they could collect those benefits.
NOTE: Employment (nonfarm payroll) - A count of all persons who worked full- or part-time or received pay from a nonagricultural employer for any part of the pay period which included the 12th of the month. Because this count comes from a survey of employers, persons who work for two different companies would be counted twice. Therefore, nonfarm payroll employment is really a count of the number of jobs, rather than the number of persons employed. Persons may receive pay from a job if they are temporarily absent due to illness, bad weather, vacation, or labor-management dispute. This count is based on where the jobs are located, regardless of where the workers reside, and is therefore sometimes referred to as employment "by place of work." Nonfarm payroll employment data are collected and compiled based on the Current Employment Statistics (CES) survey, conducted by the Vermont Department of Labor. This count was formerly referred to as nonagricultural wage and salary employment.