MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) As expected, Vermont's unemployment rate soared in April because of COVID-19 layoffs.
Vermont's unemployment rate hit 15.6% in April. That's more than 12% higher than March.
It's also almost 1% higher than the nation's unemployment rate. Typically, Vermont's rate is lower than the country's.
The highest regional unemployment last month was in Derby and the Morristown-Waterbury area. They both came in at 24%.
And the numbers are probably worse than that. Vermont Labor Commissioner Michael Harrington says he doesn't think 15.6% accurately reflects just how many Vermonters are out of work. He says some of the state's data collection is lagging behind and workers who qualify for PUA, like the self-employed, are not counted in unemployment statistics.