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Dover, Delaware Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Dover fell 0.4 percentage points in September 2017 to 5.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the Delaware rate. The unemployment rate in Dover peaked in January 2010 at 9.2% and is now 3.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.6% in January 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.7 percentage points. You can also compare Dover unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.2 -0.7
Delaware 4.9% 0.0 +0.6
Dover 5.3% -0.4 +0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2017 data as October metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Dover, Delaware, National

Dover, Delaware monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Dover, Delaware Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Dover peaked in January 2010 at 6,583. There are now 2,437 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,604 in December 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 542. Dover employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Dover, Delaware) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Dover 4,146 -335 +493

Number of Unemployed Persons

Dover, Delaware Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Delaware
Unemployment Rate
Dover
Unemployment Rate
Dover
Unemployed
October
2017
4.1% 4.8%
September
2017
4.2% 4.9% 5.3% 4,146
August
2017
4.4% 4.9% 5.7% 4,481
July
2017
4.3% 4.8% 5.6% 4,393
June
2017
4.4% 4.7% 5.3% 4,135
May
2017
4.3% 4.7% 5.1% 3,964
April
2017
4.4% 4.6% 4.9% 3,791
March
2017
4.5% 4.5% 4.8% 3,731
February
2017
4.7% 4.5% 4.9% 3,781
January
2017
4.8% 4.4% 4.6% 3,609
December
2016
4.7% 4.3% 4.7% 3,604
November
2016
4.6% 4.3% 4.7% 3,631

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.