Bad news for Vermont workers: mostly low-wage jobs

There are 65 types of positions that are defined as "high demand" in Vermont, but just 10 fields are projected to have more than 100 openings each year through 2018. Just three of those occupations earn an average of at least $20 an hour. Executive secretaries make $20 an hour on average, registered nurses are paid $30 an hour, and accountants typically earn $31 an hour.

To be considered a job in "high demand," an occupation must exceed both the statewide average for job creation, having at least 24 openings a year, and the statewide annual growth rate, measured at least 0.8 percent annually.

More than four of 10 Vermont jobs created through 2018, or 44 percent of annual openings, are classified as "low paying," according to the Vermont Department of Labor. "Low-paying" in his analysis is classified as any position that earns less than $15.73 an hour, or $32,720 per year.

Some Vermont officials have been working to create jobs by reforming trade policies that would penalize U.S. companies that export American jobs and products, expanding broadband service, promoting employee-ownership of businesses, and encouraging major employers, and lowering the state's burdensome property taxes.

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