Here's how unemployment in Orleans County, Vermont compares

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January 9, 2024

Here's how unemployment in Orleans County, Vermont compares

Orleans County's unemployment rate in November was 2.8%—ranked #1 highest out of 14 in the state.

Nationally, unemployment has leveled with pre-COVID rates, measuring between 3.5% and 4% for most of the past two years. Bureau of Labor Statistics data showed a 3.7% unemployment rate in November. Previously, unemployment skyrocketed to 14.7% at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in April 2020, and those rates remained elevated through late 2021.

Though national unemployment has mostly normalized, local economies vary widely. Stacker used Bureau of Labor Statistics data to analyze unemployment in Orleans County over time, and how it stacks up within Vermont and across the nation.

The unemployment rate in Orleans County is 0.9 percentage points below the national level, and 0.7 percentage points above the state level. It ranks #1 among counties in Vermont—ranked first by the preliminary November 2023 unemployment rate, then breaking ties by the number of unemployed people. It has the highest unemployment in the state, followed by Bennington County (2.7%).

In real terms, it means an estimated 378 of Orleans County's approximately 13,559 working residents are out of a job at the moment. That's 73 more than last month and 170 fewer than a year ago. Some economists fret another recession may be on the horizon, which would drive unemployment up with business closures and layoffs.

This story was produced using automation across 3,100 counties, boroughs, and parishes, based on writing and data reporting by Paxtyn Merten.

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