The state plans to work with Vermont colleges and universities to notify out-of-state alumni of the openings, Gov. Peter Shumlin said.
"So we're going to coordinate with all aspects of state government and our employers to try to d o a better job of bringing folks back to Vermont who left us and keeping Vermonters here who might think about leaving because they claim there are no jobs," Shumlin said.
Of the 594 companies surveyed by phone, just over half had a total of 2,148 job openings. Roughly a third said they expect to be hiring in the future.
"This is good news for our employers, and it's good news for our economy," Shumlin said.
Vermont's 4.6 percent unemployment rate is the lowest in the region and the fourth-lowest in the U.S.
The survey found that the most openings were in health and sales, Labor Department officials said. Workers also are needed in construction, farming, computer and mathematical positions as well as administrative support. The jobs range in salary and location.
All of the companies surveyed employ at least 20 workers.
The Labor Department's career resource centers will post the openings online and help match firms with potential employees. The jobs also will be added to a state database.