Public Assets Institute > Library > Publications > Jobs Briefs > Revised 2018 numbers: More jobs, fewer workers

Revised 2018 numbers: More jobs, fewer workers

Vermont lost 1,200 jobs in January 2019. But revised figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show that 2018 was better than previously reported. The state added more than 3,000 nonfarm payroll jobs between January and December, an improvement over data released during the year, which had shown a loss of almost 1,000 jobs. The BLS releases revised data each year in March.





Workforce decline
The BLS delivered better news for job creation. But the opposite was true for the labor force. Original figures showed the labor force—the annual average number of people working or available for work—grew in the first half of 2018 and then declined. However, revised figures from the BLS, which included population adjustments and other changes, showed a steady slide in the labor force in 2018. January 2019 did show a small uptick in the number of people working.



Standing alone
Vermont was the only New England state to see its labor force shrink last year. The number did not drop by much—74 people—but that contraction signals a troubling trend: stagnation. The state’s annual average workforce peaked a decade ago, at almost 360,000. After a steady decline, it has remained under 350,000 for the last five years, due in part to an aging population.

pdficonPDF Version