Job Market

If a person is living in Vermont or is thinking of moving there sometime in the near future, one of the most important questions will be whether or not there are job opportunities for themselves and their families. Currently recovering from tropical storm Irene, Vermont’s unemployment rate has gone down over the last two months. Analysts believe that it could still be another year before Vermont’s economy is as stable as it was before the United States fell into a recession.

It’s important to note that, if you were a Vermont resident during the midst of tropical storm Irene, you may be eligible for Vermont disaster unemployment assistance, or DUA, since this natural disaster is a big reason why many formerly employed residents are currently looking for work. This disaster unemployment assistance may cushion the blow and help a citizen get back on his or her feet until an acceptable occupation is discovered.

A Vermont resident looking for work will want to find a Workforce Investment Act Resource Center and speak to a staff professional about possible job training programs, and in certain circumstances the resident may even be able to have his or her training compensated by the Department of Labor. These resource centers also have free educational areas with plenty of labor market information as well as technology that may be utilized to enhance the search for employment, like access to the internet and fax machines.

Workforce Investment Act services are valuable to a Vermont resident searching for a job. These services, which are available to anyone eighteen years or older who meets certain requirements (which are quite general and inclusive) include actual on the job training. The WIA will help the job seeking Vermont resident with his or her future employer by compensating the employer with a portion of the resident’s hourly wage. This way, the resident is able to get the full work experience while the employer only has to pay a fraction of the cost.

Workplace Training combines valuable on the job experience with learning time in a classroom. For a more specific classroom experience, the resident may participate in Occupational Skills Training. The DOL’s support services take each job-seeking resident into consideration for special needs, such as work clothes, transportation to work, and even possible relocation. In other words, the state of Vermont is doing everything possible to ensure that residents can find good jobs.