Delaware unemployment up in May

     Monthly Unemployment Rate Delaware vs. US (courtesy of Delaware Department of Labor)

    Monthly Unemployment Rate Delaware vs. US (courtesy of Delaware Department of Labor)

    Delaware had a slight increase in unemployed residents last month – from 4.5% to 4.6%.

    While still below the national unemployment rate of 5.5%, this was the first increase for Delaware in over 2.5 years.

    The biggest change in area unemployment rates between April and May 2015 occurred in New Castle and Kent Counties, each up .1%. Sussex County saw a slight uptick by just .5% during the same time period.

    The Delaware Department of Labor reports that as the economy continues to recover and normalize, there are likely to be small ups and downs in the rate, but they do not expect the trend to continue downward.

    Overall, the number of Delawareans employed has increased by more than 20,000 since May of 2014.

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