Delaware’s unemployment rate is down to 5 percent for January, more than a full percentage point less than January 2014.
The number of unemployed Delawareans now stands at 22,800, down from 26,900 last January, according to the latest numbers from the state Department of Labor. Since the beginning of 2014, the number of jobs in the state has added more than 8,000 jobs, an increase of 1.9 percent.
Biggest areas of job growth over the past year were in the professional and business services sector, as well as the financial sector. The government and information sectors saw a decline in jobs in 2014.
Regionally in the state, New Castle County’s unemployment rate for January is at 5.1 percent, Kent’s rate is 5.6 percent, while Sussex is at 6.4 percent. Wilmington’s unemployment 6.9 percent, while Dover is at 6.7 percent. The regional unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted.