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Dover, Delaware Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Dover rose 0.2 percentage points in July 2019 to 3.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the Delaware rate. The unemployment rate in Dover peaked in January 2010 at 9.1% and is now 5.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.4% in April 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Dover unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
Delaware 3.3% +0.1 -0.4
Dover 3.7% +0.2 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2019 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 January 2010 at 6,596. There are now 3,686 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,709 in April 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 201. Dover employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Dover, Delaware) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Dover 2,910 +139 -319

Number of Unemployed Persons

Dover, Delaware Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Delaware
Unemployment Rate
Dover
Unemployment Rate
Dover
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5%
August
2019
3.7% 3.4%
July
2019
3.7% 3.3% 3.7% 2,910
June
2019
3.7% 3.2% 3.5% 2,771
May
2019
3.6% 3.2% 3.4% 2,709
April
2019
3.6% 3.2% 3.4% 2,709
March
2019
3.8% 3.3% 3.5% 2,772
February
2019
3.8% 3.4% 3.7% 2,862
January
2019
4.0% 3.5% 3.8% 2,971
December
2018
3.9% 3.6% 3.9% 3,057
November
2018
3.7% 3.5% 3.9% 3,048
October
2018
3.8% 3.6% 3.9% 3,053

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.