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Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis, Per capita real GDP by state (chained 2009 dollars)

Vermont Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita is $44,831, vs. $51,337 nationally. Vermont’s current-dollar total GDP was $32.2 billion and ranked 50th in US.


Source: U.S. Census Bureau – Business Dynamics Series- Firm Size by State 2014 data, 2015 data, 2016 data

The upward trend in job creation following the Great Recession through 2012 has since tapered off. Job creation rates have dropped both in Vermont and nationwide, from over 14% in 2012 to 10.7% in Vermont and 13.4% in the US for 2016. Recent quarterly job numbers show leveling off continues.


Source: YourEconomy.org
This table shows the overall change in number of businesses grouped by size (number of employees), from sole-proprietors through Vermont’s largest firms employing 500 or more people. Vermont has continued to see loss or reduction in large firms and slow growth in the mid-sized firms that provide most of the state’s jobs.


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics – QCEW NAICS-Based Data File by Size, First Quarter

Vermont’s employment base consists of a great number of small employers. Economic growth two decades ago corresponded with expansion in the number of firms that are mid-sized for Vermont – with 20-499 employees – although these would be small by national standards. This group which creates much of the VT jobs base contracted severely in the recession and has not fully recovered.


Source: Vermont Department of Labor

Vermont non-farm employment has regained pre-recession employment levels, largely due to the rate of employment growth in and around Burlington. In the rest of Vermont economic recovery has lagged and varied widely by region, as illustrated by the slower rate of employment growth for “Not Burlington”. From early 2009 to 2015 the state’s employment moved from around 301,000 to 316,000. During the same period employment gains outside of the Burlington accounted for just over 2,000 jobs.