Report: Delaware has gained jobs for six years straight

DOVER — The Delaware Department of Labor offered a peek at its upcoming 2015 Delaware Economic Report Friday and for the sixth consecutive year Delaware added new jobs.

The state gained 8,210 net new jobs from December 2014 to December 2015. Kent County, for the second straight year, trailed the other two counties. It added 560 jobs (0.9 percent).

New Castle County gained 5,200 jobs, a 1.8 percent growth rate, while Sussex posted a 4.1 percent growth with 2,890 new jobs.

Delaware’s 2015 job gain dropped from the 12,870 jobs added in 2014. Average pay rose by 1.4 percent to $53,976.

Some jobs are classified as multi-county, so county totals do not equal state totals.

Health care, by far Delaware’s largest industry with 72,000 jobs, gained more than any other industry sector, adding 2,040 net new jobs.

The transportation and warehousing category was second in job growth, adding 1,820 new jobs. The warehousing subsector, where firms involved in Internet sales are classified, has pushed this sector forward in recent years.

Accommodation and food services was third, adding 1,560 jobs, mostly in the restaurant subsector, but hotel employment also grew last year.

Delaware’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in August was 4.3 percent, unchanged from July 2016.

Some 20,700 Delawareans were without jobs this August compared to 22,900 in August 2015. The U.S. unemployment rate was 4.9 percent last month, unchanged from July. In August 2015 the U.S. unemployment rate was 5.1 percent, while Delaware’s rate was 4.9 percent.

Seasonally adjusted non-farm employment was 461,600 in August, up from 460,700 in July. Since August 2015, Delaware’s total non-farm jobs have increased by a net gain of 12,600, a rise of 2.8 percent. Nationally, jobs during that period increased 1.7 percent.

The 2015 Delaware Economic Report, which is expected to be released in the next two weeks, uses data based on payroll reports from more than 90 percent of the employers. The labor department says it will provide a detailed picture of Delaware’s economy by industry at the state, county and city level.

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