Unemployment Claims Pose Challenges

Vermont Labor Commissioner Patricia Moulton Powden discusses the pressures mounting layoffs have placed on Vermont’s unemployment compensation system. And Valley News reporter John Gregg tells us how the Upper Valley economy is starting feel the economic affects at Dartmouth College and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

State launches new job training program

State officials are excited about a new job training program that they say could help potential workers and employers. As VPR’s Ross Sneyd reports, people who complete the course will return to the work force with what amounts to a seal of approval.

Economists say layoffs will continue

The state’s unemployment rate held steady last month, but economists say the worst is yet to come. And the unemployment numbers released late last week don’t reflect several major lay offs in Rutland County.