Extended Unemployment Benefits To Expire For 1,400

Vermont labor officials say hundreds of people could lose their unemployment benefits if Congress fails to avert the so-called fiscal cliff. The federal unemployment insurance program that has been providing additional weeks of benefits to the long-term unemployed is set to expire.

U.S. Labor Secretary Tours Vt. Farm Job Training Program

The U.S. Labor Secretary was in Vermont Tuesday to highlight an education and training program designed to prepare people for the farm jobs of the future. As she toured the farm at Vermont Technical College in Randolph Center Labor Secretary Hilda Solis heard about breeding heifers and managing herds.

Vt. Unemployment Climbs

Vermont’s unemployment rate has climbed again. The state Department of Labor says the rate for July was 5.7 percent. That’s up two-tenths of a percentage point from July.