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Dover, Delaware Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Dover fell 0.6 percentage points in November 2020 to 5.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points higher than the Delaware rate. The unemployment rate in Dover peaked in May 2020 at 17.3% and is now 11.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Dover unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Delaware 5.1% -0.5 +1.1
Dover 5.6% -0.6 +1.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2020 data as December 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 9,334 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Dover employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Dover, Delaware) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Dover 4,452 -518 +909

Number of Unemployed Persons

Dover, Delaware Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Delaware
Unemployment Rate
Dover
Unemployment Rate
Dover
Unemployed
December
2020
6.7%
November
2020
6.7% 5.1% 5.6% 4,452
October
2020
6.9% 5.6% 6.2% 4,970
September
2020
7.8% 8.3% 8.9% 7,402
August
2020
8.4% 8.9% 9.6% 8,257
July
2020
10.2% 10.5% 11.4% 9,858
June
2020
11.1% 12.6% 13.7% 11,432
May
2020
13.3% 15.9% 17.3% 13,786
April
2020
14.8% 14.9% 16.2% 12,587
March
2020
4.4% 5.0% 5.7% 4,452
February
2020
3.5% 3.9% 4.3% 3,420
January
2020
3.5% 4.0% 4.4% 3,487

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.