- Associated Press - Friday, July 18, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Department of Labor says the state’s unemployment rate inched up two-tenths of a percent to 3.5 percent last month.

It was the first increase in the state’s jobless rate in 10 months.

The national rate came in at 6.1 percent, which is a decrease of two-tenths of a percent from May.

Labor Commissioner Annie Noonan says in previous years summer months have experiencing temporary increases. She says the temporary period of adjustment should last for the next month or two before returning to the downward trend.

Around the state, the unemployment rate ranged from a low of 2.7 percent in Hartford to a high of 5.4 percent in Newport.


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