Department of Numbers

Delaware Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Delaware fell 0.5 percentage points in May 2021 to 5.9%. The state unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Delaware peaked in April 2020 at 13.4% and is now 7.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.7% in October 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also see Delaware unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
Delaware 5.9% -0.5 -7.4

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

Unemployment Rate: Delaware, National

Delaware monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 2021

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Delaware Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Delaware peaked in April 2020 at 63,481. There are now 34,859 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 27,544 in October 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,078. Delaware job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Delaware 28,622 -2,480 -34,352

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Delaware from 1990 to May 2021

Delaware Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Delaware
Unemployment Rate
Delaware
Unemployed
June 2021 5.9%
May 2021 5.8% 5.9% 28,622
April 2021 6.1% 6.4% 31,102
March 2021 6.0% 6.5% 31,623
February 2021 6.2% 6.3% 30,966
January 2021 6.3% 6.1% 29,503
December 2020 6.7% 5.9% 28,203
November 2020 6.7% 5.8% 27,894
October 2020 6.9% 5.7% 27,544
September 2020 7.8% 7.6% 37,502
August 2020 8.4% 7.9% 38,635
July 2020 10.2% 8.3% 40,438