Unemployment in 2012

Vermont’s average annual unemployment rate was down to 5 percent in 2012 from 5.6 percent in 2011, and unemployment dropped in more than four out of five Vermont towns. Still, the latest data from the Vermont Department of Labor show 113 towns with unemployment rates higher than the statewide rate in 2012.

The lowest town unemployment rate last year—shared by five towns—was 1.6 percent. The highest unemployment was in Norton, where almost 30 percent of the labor force was out of work.

The map shows the annual unemployment rate for towns with a labor force of at least 20 people—that is, employed or unemployed and actively seeking work. The rates reflect where those people live, not where they work.

Ferdinand: no dataLewis: no dataAverys Gore: no dataGlastenbury: no dataSomerset: no dataAlburg - 7.4%Highgate - 3.5%Franklin - 3.9%Berkshire - 2.9%Richford - 7.7%Jay - 5.8%Troy - 7.1%Newport Town - 5.8%Derby - 6.0%Holland - 3.0%Norton - 29.0%Canaan - 6.6%Swanton - 5.8%Isle La Motte - 11.1%Lemington - 1.8%Bloomfield - 4.5%Brunswick - 11.5%Maidstone - 3.2%Granby - 4.3%East Haven - 9.2%Enosburg - 8.2%Sheldon - 4.4%Fairfield - 5.5%St. Albans City - 7.6%North Hero - 5.6%Bakersfield - 3.8%Montgomery - 4.9%Westfield - 5.2%Lowell - 7.4%Albany - 3.8%Irasburg - 7.2%Barton - 11.4%Glover - 6.6%Sheffield - 9.0%Greensboro - 6.9%Wheelock - 2.1%Stannard - 1.6%Walden - 1.9%Hardwick - 7.9%Wolcott - 6.3%Craftsbury - 4.9%Eden - 9.5%Hyde Park - 5.7%Belvidere - 6.9%Johnson - 5.9%Averill - .0%Brighton - 8.6%Newark - 2.1%Westmore - 2.0%Morgan - 4.0%Charleston - 7.0%Brownington - 6.7%Coventry - 3.2%Newport City - 12.5%Sutton - 6.3%Burke - 8.9%Victory - 2.8%Lunenburg - 5.3%Guildhall - 6.8%Concord - 9.0%Waterford - 4.2%St. Johnsbury - 6.4%Lyndon - 7.5%Kirby - 2.3%Barnet - 5.4%Peacham - 3.8%Cabot - 3.6%Elmore - 3.2%Morristown - 5.9%Stowe - 4.2%Worcester - 3.9%Calais - 4.8%Marshfield - 4.5%Groton - 8.8%Ryegate - 5.8%Woodbury - 3.9%Danville - 5.8%St. Albans Town - 2.0%Grand Isle - 5.1%South Hero - 4.1%Georgia - 1.6%Milton - 5.2%Colchester - 4.1%Fairfax - 4.7%Westford - 3.0%Essex - 3.7%Fletcher - 1.6%Waterville - 5.7%Cambridge - 5.4%Underhill - 3.3%Plainfield - 6.2%East Montpelier - 3.2%Montpelier - 4.5%Middlesex - 3.3%Waterbury - 4.6%Bolton - 2.0%Richmond - 4.0%Jericho - 3.5%Williston - 3.4%Winooski - 5.1%Burlington - 4.0%South Burlington - 3.7%Shelburne - 3.5%Charlotte - 2.9%St. George - 4.6%Hinesburg - 4.5%Huntington - 3.8%Duxbury - 2.6%Moretown - 3.6%Berlin - 3.8%Barre City - 8.6%Barre Town - 3.6%Orange - 4.0%Topsham - 6.6%Newbury - 5.1%Bradford - 5.7%Corinth - 6.0%Washington - 6.1%Williamstown - 6.1%Northfield - 5.3%Waitsfield - 5.7%Fayston - 1.6%Buel's Gore - .0%Starksboro - 4.8%Monkton - 2.0%Ferrisburgh - 1.6%Fairlee - 3.7%West Fairlee - 3.2%Vershire - 4.0%Chelsea - 6.4%Brookfield - 3.9%Roxbury - 6.3%Warren - 3.7%Lincoln - 5.0%Bristol - 6.8%Ripton - 3.7%Thetford - 3.1%Strafford - 2.9%Tunbridge - 4.1%Randolph - 5.2%Braintree - 5.2%Granville - 6.1%Hancock - 5.5%Rochester - 4.7%Bethel - 6.4%Royalton - 4.0%Sharon - 2.8%Norwich - 2.3%Hartford - 3.4%Pomfret - 2.8%Barnard - 2.3%Stockbridge - 4.1%Pittsfield - 9.1%Hartland - 3.3%Woodstock - 4.1%Bridgewater - 5.9%Killington - 11.9%Mendon - 5.2%Windsor - 4.2%West Windsor - 3.7%Reading - 3.4%Plymouth - 6.8%Shrewsbury - 4.6%Clarendon - 4.9%Ira - 3.0%Weathersfield - 5.0%Baltimore - 7.3%Cavendish - 6.3%Ludlow - 6.9%Mount Holly - 5.7%Wallingford - 5.4%Middletown Springs - 4.9%Wells - 6.8%Springfield - 6.3%Chester - 7.1%Andover - 4.4%Weston - 3.0%Mount Tabor - 3.8%Danby - 5.8%Pawlet - 5.2%Rockingham - 5.4%Grafton - 3.6%Windham - 3.3%Londonderry - 6.7%Landgrove - 5.4%Peru - 5.1%Dorset - 4.5%Rupert - 3.4%Westminster - 3.1%Athens - 4.0%Brookline - 3.9%Townshend - 6.0%Jamaica - 5.8%Winhall - 6.8%Manchester - 5.4%Sandgate - 3.7%Arlington - 7.0%Sunderland - 3.8%Stratton - 3.8%Shaftsbury - 3.9%Bennington - 6.7%Woodford - 4.3%Searsburg - 6.7%Wilmington - 7.0%Marlboro - 3.2%Brattleboro - 5.2%Pownal - 6.3%Stamford - 8.2%Readsboro - 4.8%Whitingham - 4.8%Halifax - 4.2%Guilford - 4.3%Vernon - 4.4%Wardsboro - 5.2%Dover - 9.6%Newfane - 4.4%Putney - 5.4%Dummerston - 3.4%Vergennes - 7.7%Panton - 3.8%Addison - 3.7%Bridport - 5.8%Shoreham - 4.9%Orwell - 4.0%Benson - 4.7%West Haven - 3.1%Fair Haven - 7.9%Tinmouth - 3.9%Poultney - 7.0%Castleton - 6.1%Hubbardton - 1.9%Sudbury - 5.0%Whiting - 7.4%Cornwall - 2.5%Weybridge - 3.4%West Rutland - 9.1%Proctor - 6.6%Rutland City - 7.0%Rutland - 2.3%Brandon - 6.5%Pittsford - 4.0%Chittenden - 5.4%Leicester - 3.9%Salisbury - 5.2%Middlebury - 5.0%New Haven - 4.4%Waltham - 1.8%Goshen - 2.6%

Data source:  Vermont Department of Labor

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