Delaware jobless rate shows slight increase

Delaware’s jobless rate went up slightly for the first time in three months, with unemployment now at 6.8 percent.


The tenth of a point difference between June and July translates to about 30,000 people.  Last year, the July unemployment rate was 7.4 percent or 32,500 people.  

Sussex County shows the strongest employment rate with 6 percent of the workforce unable to find a job. Wilmington has a 10.6 percent jobless rate.  The national rate is 8.3 percent.

The Delaware Department of Labor breaks down the numbers a little more.  They point out that the weekly earning rate is up slightly in July over June.  In June it was $708.18 and July was $721.25.  Workers have been averaging about 33 hours for the last year.

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