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Dover, Delaware Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Dover rose 0.1 percentage points in February 2021 to 7.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points higher than the Delaware rate. The unemployment rate in Dover peaked in May 2020 at 17.3% and is now 10.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.5% in November 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.5 percentage points. You can also compare Dover unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Delaware 6.3% +0.2 +1.8
Dover 7.0% +0.1 +2.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 data as March 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 13,786. There are now 8,280 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,360 in November 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,146. Dover employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Dover, Delaware) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Dover 5,506 +65 +2,086

Number of Unemployed Persons

Dover, Delaware Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Delaware
Unemployment Rate
Dover
Unemployment Rate
Dover
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 6.3% 7.0% 5,506
January
2021
6.3% 6.1% 6.9% 5,441
December
2020
6.7% 5.9% 5.5% 4,409
November
2020
6.7% 5.8% 5.5% 4,360
October
2020
6.9% 5.7% 6.2% 4,970
September
2020
7.8% 7.6% 8.9% 7,402
August
2020
8.4% 7.9% 9.6% 8,257
July
2020
10.2% 8.3% 11.4% 9,858
June
2020
11.1% 12.9% 13.7% 11,432
May
2020
13.3% 13.3% 17.3% 13,786
April
2020
14.8% 13.4% 16.2% 12,587

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.