- Associated Press - Saturday, May 21, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin is calling a new announcement of a 3.2 percent unemployment rate for April “continued good news for Vermont.”

The rate, a tenth-of-a-point decline from March, means Vermont had the seventh lowest jobless rate in the country. Shumlin says the state’s employers have added 18,000 jobs since 2011, with the burgeoning renewable energy sector one of the leaders.

Chittenden County’s economy continued to lead the state, with the Burlington-South Burlington area’s rate of 2.6 percent the third lowest for any metro area in the country.

But there’s a cloud to go with all that silver lining. Paul Cillo of the Montpelier-based Public Assets Institute says wages in Vermont have remained pretty much flat since the Great Recession ended.

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