Department of Numbers

Delaware Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Delaware rose 0.1 percentage points in January 2017 to 4.4%. The state unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Delaware peaked in November 2009 at 8.7% and is now 4.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.3% in August 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see Delaware unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.8% +0.1 -0.1
Delaware 4.4% +0.1 -0.1

Note: All comparisons are made with January data as February state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Delaware, National

Delaware monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to January 2017

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Delaware Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Delaware peaked in January 2010 at 37,586. There are now 16,986 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 20,380 in December 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 220. Delaware job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Delaware 20,600 +220 -921

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Delaware from 1990 to January 2017

Delaware Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Delaware
Unemployment Rate
Delaware
Unemployed
February 2017 4.7%
January 2017 4.8% 4.4% 20,600
December 2016 4.7% 4.3% 20,380
November 2016 4.6% 4.3% 20,388
October 2016 4.8% 4.3% 20,408
September 2016 4.9% 4.3% 20,448
August 2016 4.9% 4.3% 20,511
July 2016 4.9% 4.4% 20,589
June 2016 4.9% 4.4% 20,672
May 2016 4.7% 4.4% 20,763
April 2016 5.0% 4.4% 20,870
March 2016 5.0% 4.4% 21,023