Delaware Public Media

Delaware adds jobs, unemployment rate remains unchanged

Apr 21, 2017

The latest state unemployment report shows Delaware held steady at 4.5 percent for March.


It’s the first time in years the jobless rates for both state and the U.S. have been in synch, with the national rate also at 4.5 percent.

453,000 people across Delaware held jobs last month – up nearly two thousand from February.


Over the past year, the First State added 4,400 jobs outside the agriculture industry.


That’s a one percent gain during that period – slower than the rest of the country.


Work in the education, healthcare and hospitality sectors have continued to boom over the past year, with declines in the retail, transportation and business service industries.


Non seasonally-adjusted figures mostly plateaued as well:

  • Wilmington: 6.3 percent
  • Dover: 6.1 percent
  • Newark: 4.7 percent
  • Sussex County: 5.1 percent