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 2015 to 5.0%. The state unemployment rate was 0.0 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 3.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.5% in April 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also see Delaware unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
Delaware 5.0% -0.1 -0.2

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 2015

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Delaware Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Delaware peaked in January 2010 at 37,586. There are now 14,245 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 20,684 in April 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,657. Delaware job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Delaware 23,341 -354 -229

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Delaware from 1990 to December 2015

Delaware Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Delaware
Unemployment Rate
Delaware
Unemployed
January 2016 4.9%
December 2015 5.0% 5.0% 23,341
November 2015 5.0% 5.1% 23,695
October 2015 5.0% 5.1% 23,559
September 2015 5.1% 4.9% 22,867
August 2015 5.1% 4.8% 22,474
July 2015 5.3% 4.7% 21,945
June 2015 5.3% 4.7% 21,653
May 2015 5.5% 4.6% 21,086
April 2015 5.4% 4.5% 20,684
March 2015 5.5% 4.6% 20,959
February 2015 5.5% 4.8% 21,839