• Unemployment rises for 1st time in 10 months
    the associated press | July 19,2014
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    MONTPELIER — 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 said the new unemployment report reflected a “temporary period of adjustment” that should last for the next month or two before joblessness returns to a 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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