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Family Economic Security

All Vermonters want and need sufficient income for a decent home, nutritious food, as well as health care, transportation, childcare, and other essentials. The ability of all citizens to live decently is fundamental to the cohesion of any society. The state can and should ensure that workers are paid fairly, treated with respect, and have affordable childcare; and that taxpayer money intended to put Vermonters to work is invested wisely.

May 17, 2024

Vermont had 3,900 fewer jobs in 2023 than before the pandemic in 2019. But according to newly released data from the Vermont Department of Labor, the losses have not been evenly distributed. In fact, five Vermont counties showed net gains from 2019 to 2023, while the other nine saw net losses. Between 2022 and 2023, all Vermont counties saw job growth, ranging from 23 jobs in Essex County to 1,791 in Chittenden County. The state gained 5,500 jobs that year.

And, in April 2024 the number of people working in Vermont hit the highest level on record: 348,975, after four straight years of growth beginning in May 2020.