Delaware unemployment rate ticks up slightly in January

Close up of 'unemployment' dictionary entry (photo via bigstock)

Close up of 'unemployment' dictionary entry (photo via bigstock)

Delaware’s jobless rate rose slightly in January to 4.4%.  The December rate was 4.3%.

The numbers are shared between the outgoing administration of Governor Jack Markell and his successor, Governor John Carney. 

The overall numbers still translate to an improvement from a year ago. 20,600 people were out of work in January 2017.  A year ago that number was 21,500.

Delaware’s labor rate is still doing better than the national average. There rate nationally in January was 4.8%.

Unemployment is the highest in Wilmington and Dover at over 6%.  New Castle County has a 4.7% rate.  Kent and Sussex Counties come in at 5.1% and 5.5%

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