After the economic doldrums of the last few year, Vermont is seeing a few positive indicators. The state had the fourth lowest unemployment rate in the country at 5 percent last month, and recently ranked No. 1 with regard to the green economy.
The Green Mountain State has the highest per capita “green goods and services” jobs in the country, according to a new survey from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. About 4.4 percent of Vermonters, or 12,844 people, are employed in the green sector.
About 3.1 million Americans worked in the green economy in 2010. Major industries counted in the survey included manufacturers that recycle materials, and make hybrid cars, efficient appliances or pollution mitigation equipment. Waste management and professional jobs are also part of the mix — engineers, architects, computer systems design.