Delaware Public Media

Delaware unemployment holds steady in December

Jan 20, 2017

Delaware’s unemployment rate remained unchanged again in December.

Unemployment in the First State has been locked in at 4.3 percent since July of last year – a six month run. 

The State Dept. of Labor reports 451,000 people have jobs in Delaware with 20,300 considered unemployed.

The federal jobless rate was up slightly from November, landing at 4.7 percent.

New Castle And Kent counties saw modest dips in their non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates. They’re at 3.6 and 4 percent respectively. Sussex County saw an uptick from 4.2 percent to 4.4 percent.

Wilmington also saw its non-seasonally adjusted rate fall from 5.8 percent in November to 5.3 last month.

Overall, Delaware added 29-hundred new nonfarm jobs since this time last year – up six-tenths of a percent. That’s not quite as good as job growth nationally which is up 1.4 percent since December 2015.