About Vermont's Job Market & Industry
Vermont's highly skilled workers are employed primarily in producing electronic components and equipment, machine tools, specialty consumer products, wood products, quarried and finished stone, and printing.
Manufacturing is the major employer and the second largest sector of the state's economy (after services), producing $2.2 billion in goods ranging from computer chips to canoes, tombstones to teddy bears.
In the past 30 years, a thriving electronics industry has developed in the Burlington and Rutland areas, the state's most populous regions. The world's largest quarries are found in Barre, and marble is quarried and finished in Proctor. Large and small wood products companies are found throughout the state.
Vermont has a high percentage of its non-agricultural labor force employed in high technology industries. The dollar value added by manufacturing employee for each dollar of production is among the highest in the nation.