Department of Numbers

Delaware Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Delaware fell 0.0 percentage points in January 2020 to 4.0%. The state unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Delaware peaked in January 2010 at 8.8% and is now 4.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.5% in November 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also see Delaware unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate January 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% +0.1 -0.4
Delaware 4.0% 0.0 +0.5

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 2020

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Delaware Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Delaware peaked in January 2010 at 37,623. There are now 18,234 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 17,062 in December 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,327. Delaware job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Delaware 19,389 -11 +2,305

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Delaware from 1990 to January 2020

Delaware Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Delaware
Unemployment Rate
Delaware
Unemployed
February 2020 3.5%
January 2020 3.6% 4.0% 19,389
December 2019 3.5% 4.0% 19,400
November 2019 3.5% 4.0% 19,448
October 2019 3.6% 4.0% 19,465
September 2019 3.5% 3.9% 19,288
August 2019 3.7% 3.9% 18,995
July 2019 3.7% 3.8% 18,624
June 2019 3.7% 3.7% 18,229
May 2019 3.6% 3.7% 17,882
April 2019 3.6% 3.6% 17,592
March 2019 3.8% 3.6% 17,359