Delaware unemployment down slightly

    Delaware’s unemployment rate drops two-tenths of a percent in May.

    Delaware’s unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percent in May mainly due thanks to job growth in leisure and hospitality sector and in the federal government.

    The state added 3,900 jobs in May to bring the unemployment rate to 8.8%, down from April’s rate of 9%.  The national unemployment rate also dropped by two-tenths in May to stand at 9.7% compared to 9.9% in April.

    Local unemployment rates (which are not seasonally adjusted) saw declines as well.  New Castle County’s unemployment rate is 8.3%, compared to 8.6% in April.  Kent County’s rate dropped from 8.4% in April to 8.1% in May, and Sussex County’s rate is down to 7.8%, compared to 8.7% in April.

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    The Delaware Department of Labor has a complete recap of the year’s unemployment rate on their website at

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