DE unemployment rate drops

    Delaware gets a dose of good economic news with the release of the latest unemployment numbers for the state.

    Delaware gets a dose of good economic news with the release of the latest unemployment numbers for the state.  Delaware’s unemployment rate dropped to 9 percent in April, down from 9.2 percent in March.

    The State Department of Labor says some 1,300 jobs were added. It the second straight month the state saw job gains.  The biggest jumps came in retail and financial sector, which each added around 700 jobs.

    A county by county shows how the jobs % trend is going:

    New Castle County

    April 2010                   March 2010               April 2009

    8.6                                     9.2                         7.5

    Kent County

    8.5                                    9.0                           7.5

    Sussex County

    8.8                                    9.9                           7.7

    Wilmington’s unemployment rate dipped slightly from March 11.8% from 12.7%.  It is still not where it was a year ago at 10.7%

    One other interesting note on this job trend is weekly earnings was up to an average of $749.81 up about $40 from a year ago.

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