- Associated Press - Friday, September 15, 2017

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Department of Labor says the state’s unemployment rate dropped one-tenth of 1 percent last month and the state’s employers are now struggling to find talent.

The 3 percent unemployment rate for August compares with a rate of 3.1 percent in July and 3.2 percent in August 2016.

Unemployment in the state’s 17 labor markets range from a low of 2.5 percent in both White River Junction and Burlington to 4.8 percent in Derby.

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Labor Commissioner Lindsay Kurrle says the continued economic expansion, combined with demographic shifts in the state, pose a challenge to Vermont businesses seeking to attract and retain workers.

Kurrle says jobs are available across the spectrum of education and experience.

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