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Dover, Delaware Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Dover fell 0.1 percentage points in September 2022 to 5.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points higher than the Delaware rate. The unemployment rate in Dover peaked in May 2020 at 14.9% and is now 9.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.0% in February 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Dover unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
Delaware 4.3% -0.2 -0.7
Dover 5.1% -0.1 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 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 May 2020 at 12,102. There are now 7,946 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,064 in February 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 92. Dover employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Dover, Delaware) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Dover 4,156 -92 -468

Number of Unemployed Persons

Dover, Delaware Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Delaware
Unemployment Rate
Dover
Unemployment Rate
Dover
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 4.3% 5.1% 4,156
August
2022
3.7% 4.5% 5.2% 4,248
July
2022
3.5% 4.4% 5.2% 4,241
June
2022
3.6% 4.5% 5.2% 4,240
May
2022
3.6% 4.5% 5.1% 4,161
April
2022
3.6% 4.5% 5.1% 4,115
March
2022
3.6% 4.5% 5.0% 4,074
February
2022
3.8% 4.6% 5.0% 4,064
January
2022
4.0% 4.8% 5.1% 4,115
December
2021
3.9% 4.8% 5.1% 4,097
November
2021
4.2% 4.8% 5.2% 4,225

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.