The latest data shows the Northeast Kingdom continues to make employment gains as it works its way back from the pandemic. According to the Vermont Department of Labor, hundreds of more people across the NEK were employed in March versus February and the unemployment rate continues to drop while the labor force grows. Despite the steady gains, employment is still well short of where it stood prior to the pandemic. In the Derby area, the data shows the unemployment rate dropped from 5.8 percent in February to 4.7 percent in March thanks, in part, to the addition of nearly 300 more employed people. The labor force also grew by over 170 people in that time frame. However, the labor force in the northern part of the NEK is also nearly 700 people shy of the mark set before COVID.
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