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Dover, Delaware Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Dover fell 0.5 percentage points in October 2018 to 4.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the Delaware rate. The unemployment rate in Dover peaked in January 2010 at 9.2% and is now 5.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.1% in April 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Dover unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Delaware 3.9% -0.1 -0.6
Dover 4.1% -0.5 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 6,601. There are now 3,345 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,222 in May 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 34. Dover employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Dover, Delaware) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Dover 3,256 -419 -542

Number of Unemployed Persons

Dover, Delaware Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Delaware
Unemployment Rate
Dover
Unemployment Rate
Dover
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.9% 4.1% 3,256
September
2018
3.7% 4.0% 4.6% 3,675
August
2018
3.9% 3.9% 4.6% 3,708
July
2018
3.9% 3.9% 4.5% 3,639
June
2018
4.0% 3.9% 4.2% 3,404
May
2018
3.8% 4.0% 4.1% 3,222
April
2018
3.9% 4.2% 4.1% 3,260
March
2018
4.1% 4.3% 4.3% 3,391
February
2018
4.1% 4.4% 4.5% 3,524
January
2018
4.1% 4.5% 4.7% 3,666
December
2017
4.1% 4.5% 4.8% 3,765

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.