Vermont’s unemployment rate hits 5.2 percent

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The Vermont Department of Labor says the state’s unemployment rate jumped to 5.2 percent in September.

That’s up three-tenths of a percentage point from August and 1.3 percent from a year ago.

Labor Commissioner Patricia Moulton Powden said Tuesday that the nation’s housing and financial services crisis continues to affect Vermont’s labor market. She says seasonally adjusted employment improved a bit in September, but the unemployment rate ticked up to 5.2 percent.

The number of total non-farm jobs rose by 7,250 or 2.4 percent from August to September but the amount is down 0.1 percent or about 400 jobs for the year.

Across the state, the jobless rates ranged from 3.0 percent in Hartford to 6.3 percent in Newport.

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