- Associated Press - Friday, December 20, 2019

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont’s unemployment rate rose slightly to 2.3% in November, the state labor department said Friday.

The monthly rate was one tenth of a percentage point higher than in October. The national rate for November was 3.5%,

“As we reach the end of the year, we are reminded that Vermont experienced one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country in 2019,” Acting Labor Commmissioner Michael Harrington said in a written statement. “While it’s good news to have fewer people who are unemployed, this record low also brought challenges for employers looking for qualified workers. Strengthening our workforce has been a top priority.”

Around the state, the jobless rate for November ranged from 1.7% in White River Junction to 3.6% in Derby.

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