Delaware unemployment rate continues retreat

Another month, another tenth of a percent drop in Delaware’s unemployment rate.


Delaware’s unemployment rate for April was 4.5 percent. That’s nearly a full percentage point below the national unemployment rate of 5.4 percent. 

The unemployment rate continues to show strong  improvement over 2014. Last April, the state’s rate was 5.9 percent. 

According to the unemployment report from the state Dept. of Labor, Delaware’s unemployment rate has fallen for nine straight months. It’s been 32 months since the state had a monthly increase in the unemployment rate. 

The total number of Delawareans now employed is 439,300, well above the April 2014 employment of 422,300. 

When broken down by area, which is not seasonally adjusted, Wilmington and Dover are tied for the highest unemployment rate at 6.2 percent. Kent County’s unemployment rate is at 5 percent, Sussex is at 4.8 percent, while New Castle County’s rate comes in at 4.3 percent. 

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