Vt. Briefs

Saturday January 19, 2013

Vt. unemployment drops to 5.1 percent

MONTPELIER (AP) -- The Vermont Department of Labor says the state’s unemployment rate dropped one-tenth of one percentage point in December to 5.1 percent. Labor Commissioner Annie Noonan said Friday that the Vermont economy had a "strong ending to 2012."

Vermont’s unemployment rate is well below the federal rate of 7.8 percent.

The December rate of 5.1 percent compares to a rate of 5.2 percent in November and 5.2 percent in December 2011.

Shumlin, AG disagree on police file access

MONTPELIER (AP) -- Vermont’s Gov. Peter Shumlin and Attorney General William Sorrell appear to be at odds over a Shumlin proposal to grant more public access to police records.

Shumlin has said recently that access to records of police investigations is too restricted under current law. He wants a system of access to police records used by the federal government. They would be presumed open, except when a private citizen’s privacy might be invaded or police techniques might be compromised.

Sorrell told the state Senate’s Judiciary Committee on Thursday he does not see a need for change in the current state law, which he sees as superior to the federal government’s.


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