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Delaware Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Delaware fell 0.0 percentage points in August 2016 to 4.3%. The state unemployment rate was 0.6 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 4.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.1% in May 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also see Delaware unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate August 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% 0.0 -0.2
Delaware 4.3% 0.0 -0.6

Unemployment Rate: Delaware, National

Delaware monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to August 2016

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Delaware Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Delaware peaked in January 2010 at 37,586. There are now 16,885 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 19,863 in May 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 838. Delaware job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Delaware 20,701 +93 -2,214

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Delaware from 1990 to August 2016

Delaware Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Delaware
Unemployment Rate
Delaware
Unemployed
August 2016 4.9% 4.3% 20,701
July 2016 4.9% 4.3% 20,608
June 2016 4.9% 4.2% 20,174
May 2016 4.7% 4.1% 19,863
April 2016 5.0% 4.2% 20,208
March 2016 5.0% 4.4% 21,085
February 2016 4.9% 4.6% 21,836
January 2016 4.9% 4.7% 22,539
December 2015 5.0% 4.9% 22,972
November 2015 5.0% 4.9% 22,972
October 2015 5.0% 4.9% 22,967
September 2015 5.1% 4.9% 22,948