2,000 more jobs added in Delaware for April

The April unemployment rate in Delaware dropped another tenth of a percent to 6.8% for April.

 

The Delaware Department of Labor says the 2,100 jobs added was mostly due to hiring in the leisure and hospitality industry along with professional and business services.

The rate represents a .4% drop from the same time last year.  The U.S. unemployment rate in April was 8.1%.

A closer look shows a drop in key areas around the state.  Wilmington showed a 1.1% drop from a year ago to 9.8%.  Kent County had the highest unemployment rate for the 3 Delaware counties at 7.2%.

The state labor numbers come on the same day as newly-released Census Bureau data by the Employment Policies Institute shows Delaware ranks 37th in teen unemployment.  That number translates into 27% of Delaware teens that have jobs.  The District of Columbia has the highest rate with only 11.9% of teens wanting to work actually being able to find jobs.

The news comes as the summer hiring season is in full swing.  The data represents teens from 16-19 years of age.

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