Department of Numbers

Delaware Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Delaware fell 0.1 percentage points in December 2017 to 4.6%. The state unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Delaware peaked in November 2009 at 8.7% and is now 4.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.3% in August 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also see Delaware unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
Delaware 4.6% -0.1 +0.3

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

Unemployment Rate: Delaware, National

Delaware monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to December 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 15,753 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 20,380 in December 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,453. Delaware job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Delaware 21,833 -404 +1,453

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Delaware Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Delaware
Unemployment Rate
Delaware
Unemployed
January 2018 4.1%
December 2017 4.1% 4.6% 21,833
November 2017 4.1% 4.7% 22,237
October 2017 4.1% 4.8% 22,735
September 2017 4.2% 4.9% 23,423
August 2017 4.4% 4.9% 23,511
July 2017 4.3% 4.8% 22,942
June 2017 4.3% 4.7% 22,372
May 2017 4.3% 4.7% 22,190
April 2017 4.4% 4.6% 21,977
March 2017 4.5% 4.5% 21,521
February 2017 4.7% 4.5% 21,159