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Dover, Delaware Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Dover fell 1.1 percentage points in July 2021 to 6.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points higher than the Delaware rate. The unemployment rate in Dover peaked in May 2020 at 15.1% and is now 8.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.9% in October 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also compare Dover unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Delaware 5.6% -0.2 -2.7
Dover 6.5% -1.1 -2.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August 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 12,099. There are now 6,965 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,632 in October 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 502. Dover employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Dover, Delaware) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Dover 5,134 -949 -2,116

Number of Unemployed Persons

Dover, Delaware Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Delaware
Unemployment Rate
Dover
Unemployment Rate
Dover
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 5.6% 6.5% 5,134
June
2021
5.9% 5.8% 7.6% 6,083
May
2021
5.8% 5.9% 6.5% 5,157
April
2021
6.1% 6.4% 7.3% 5,843
March
2021
6.0% 6.5% 7.3% 5,773
February
2021
6.2% 6.3% 7.1% 5,645
January
2021
6.3% 6.1% 6.9% 5,487
December
2020
6.7% 5.9% 6.7% 5,333
November
2020
6.7% 5.8% 6.4% 5,045
October
2020
6.9% 5.7% 5.9% 4,632
September
2020
7.8% 7.6% 8.2% 6,588

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.