Working in Vermont

Working in Vermont

Vermont is the only state in New England that does not border the Atlantic. Known as the leading maple syrup producer in the United States, the state is the second least populous with a beautiful Alpine landscape.

In April 2012, Vermont had the lowest unemployment rate of any state in New England at 4.6%. Compared to the U.S. overall rate of 8.1% and New England's worst rate of 11.2% held by Rhode Island, Vermont's employment picture is one of the brightest in the nation.

The most workers held jobs in service occupations in which health care workers had the highest hourly wage averaging $22.50 but the lowest number of working hours per week at approximately 32.

There are roughly 300,000 people employed in non-farm jobs. About 50,000 of those workers are government employees and hold public sector positions. Home health care aides are fourth on the short-term outlook but are anticipated to have the greatest growth rate at 3.3%.

The professional, scientific and technical sector with the social services industry following right behind is expected to be the fastest growing. Apparel manufacturing will be hiring the least with an expected 11% drop in human resources expenses.

Vermont is becoming known as the ski capital of the East Coast. With resorts in Stowe and Killington attracting snowboarders, tubers, and expert skiers from all over the world, seasonal employment is always available.

During the summer months, the cool mountains provide an escape from the heat and humidity of the south. Bed and breakfasts and small hotels and motels allow the resorts to maintain a laid-back, friendly atmosphere. Green Mountain Inn in Stowe is always looking for dedicated employees as are many of the other locally-owned accommodations.

New England is known for its small, highly-esteemed educational institutions which prefer to differentiate themselves from their attention-seeking Ivy League neighbors. Superb educators, professors, administrators and service workers are always in demand. Bennington College recruits year round.

Montpelier

Montpelier is the state capital. Besides employment that government brings to the area, there has been a recent effort to revitalize the city's business community.

Members of Montpelier's private business and commercial enterprise base meet with the City Council and the City's Planning and Community on regular basis to brainstorm on what strategies and tactics they can devise as partners in growing the capital's economy.

Information systems, health care, and construction jobs are in the limelight of Montpelier's job outlook in the near future. Technology upgrades, revitalization, and repair are the city's three immediate concerns.

Serious flooding in 2011 from two major Tropical Storms was another event that brought government and commerce together. Three years of projects are now underway to repair the local infrastructure, develop a transit system, and clean-up hazardous waste.

Montpelier was not expecting this disaster and residents were not alerted. This wakeup call forced the city to re-evaluate its foundation and modernize it. An emergency alert system along with social networking strategies are being designed and engineered on a continual basis.

The need for a senior care facility in Montpelier has been overwhelming as the population is aging. An inefficient, old school building along with an office building in the same condition will be recreated as a fuel-efficient senior day center with six floors of senior housing.