Top Menu


Pillar: Workforce & Talent

The people, skills and training that power Vermont’s economy today, and the challenge of ensuring a new generation can work to build tomorrow’s economy.

Target: By 2040, Vermont needs 10,000 additional workers per year.

Status: Vermont’s workforce gap continues to hover at a need of 10,000 workers per year.

Recommendations for Change: The Vermont Futures Project published recommendations for this pillar in the Fall of 2018.

Explore the Data: Each of the data points below creates an overall picture of Vermont’s workforce gap. Email us with questions, comments and suggestions at

Compare Pillars
Workforce & Talent
VT Demographics
  • Median Household Income
    Vermonters & Visitors
    Rank: 21st in US
    United States Census Historical Income Tables
  • Vermonters with BA/BS or Advanced Degree
    Vermonters & Visitors
    vs. 31% Nationwide
    United States Census
  • of Vermont 11th graders math proficient +
    Vermonters & Visitors
    Vermont Agency of Education
    Down by 1% from previous year
  • Vermont Population Estimate
    Vermonters & Visitors
    United States Census
  • Per Capita Personal Income 2017
    Workforce & Talent
    23rd in the U.S.
    Bureau of Economic Analysis
  • 23.%
    25-44 Year Olds as Share of Total Population
    U.S. Census & ACS
    Up from 22.8 in 2000
  • 25%
    Middle Skills Jobs (Need Post HS Training, Not BA/BS)
    ONET & OES
    24% Nationally
  • Unemployment Rate 2017
    Workforce & Talent
    U.S. 4.4%
    Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • STEM Related Workforce
    Workforce & Talent
    4.9% U.S. Average
    National Science Foundation
  • Workforce Participation 2016
    Workforce & Talent
    Down from 71.5% in 2006, above national average of 62.8%
    Bureau of Labor Standards