Unemployment rates in the Northeast Kingdom jumped last month but there is a silver lining to the data

Data released this week by the Vermont Department of Labor shows unemployment rates in the Northeast Kingdom jumped last month, outpacing statewide trends but there is a silver lining to the data. The bump is not because a large number of people lost jobs but instead because more people are being counted as part of the potential labor force and looking for work. According to the Labor Department, the Derby area unemployment rate jumped from 3.9% in December to 6.9% in January, the largest increase in the state and the highest rate of all the labor markets.