Counties with the highest unemployment in Vermont

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April 8, 2024
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Counties with the highest unemployment in Vermont

While today's unemployment rates are significantly lower than the COVID-19 pandemic peak of 14.7% experienced in April 2020, the fear of job losses remains as workers stare down an uncertain economic future.

Stacker compiled a list of counties with the highest unemployment rates in Vermont using Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Counties are ranked by their preliminary unemployment rate in February 2024, with initial ties broken by the number of unemployed people within that county, though some ties may remain. County-level unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted.

Experts are mixed in their views of a potential recession. The return of student loan payments, continually high gas prices, persistent inflation, and insurance price escalations are just a few of the factors that could limit consumer spending and potentially prompt another recession.

The last economic recession before the pandemic—the Great Recession of 2007-09—sent unemployment rates up to 10% as of October 2009, and a full recovery took years.

But as of March 2024, the national unemployment rate remains relatively low at 3.8%—down slightly from the previous month. Regional and state employment varies widely depending on local economies. Seasonally adjusted unemployment rates by state demonstrate a rather sizable spectrum, ranging from just 2% in North Dakota to 5.3% in California.

Read on to see the counties with the highest unemployment in Vermont.

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#14. Chittenden County

- February unemployment rate (preliminary): 1.8%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.1 percentage points
- Total labor force: 100,581 people (1,803 unemployed)

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#13. Windsor County

- February unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.1%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.1 percentage points
- Total labor force: 30,840 people (652 unemployed)

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#12. Addison County

- February unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.4%
--- 1-month change: No change
--- 1-year change: Down 0.1 percentage points
- Total labor force: 21,813 people (524 unemployed)

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#11. Washington County

- February unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.5%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.3 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.1 percentage points
- Total labor force: 34,660 people (875 unemployed)

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#10. Windham County

- February unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.6%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.2 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.1 percentage points
- Total labor force: 22,412 people (587 unemployed)

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#9. Franklin County

- February unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.6%
--- 1-month change: No change
--- 1-year change: Down 0.2 percentage points
- Total labor force: 29,009 people (759 unemployed)

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#8. Rutland County

- February unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.1%
--- 1-month change: No change
--- 1-year change: Down 0.3 percentage points
- Total labor force: 30,395 people (950 unemployed)

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#7. Lamoille County

- February unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.2%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.4 percentage points
- Total labor force: 14,907 people (478 unemployed)

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#6. Caledonia County

- February unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.2%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.2 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.5 percentage points
- Total labor force: 15,048 people (487 unemployed)

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#5. Orange County

- February unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.2%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: No change
- Total labor force: 16,127 people (513 unemployed)

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#4. Bennington County

- February unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.2%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.2 percentage points
- Total labor force: 18,184 people (573 unemployed)

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#3. Grand Isle County

- February unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.3%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.6 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.4 percentage points
- Total labor force: 4,285 people (141 unemployed)

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#2. Essex County

- February unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.7%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.3 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.2 percentage points
- Total labor force: 2,785 people (131 unemployed)

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#1. Orleans County

- February unemployment rate (preliminary): 5.3%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.5 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.4 percentage points
- Total labor force: 14,204 people (758 unemployed)

This story features data reporting by Paxtyn Merten and is part of a series utilizing data automation across 50 states.

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