State unemployment rate unchanged

DOVER — Delaware’s unemployment rate of 4.5 percent remained unchanged from February to March, although the federal rate fell. The state is now even with the national unemployment rate.

Twenty-one thousand five hundred people in the state’s labor force were not working in March, according to data released Friday by the Office of Occupational and Labor Market Information.

Delaware’s unemployment rate has stagnated for the past year, increasing by .1 percent since March 2016. In contrast, the national level has decreased from 5 percent one year ago.

Over the past year, leisure and hospitality and education and health have seen big boosts in Delaware, while the professional and business services industry has faltered.

New Castle County posted a rate of 4.4 percent, while Kent was at 4.9 percent and Sussex was at 5.1. Dover’s unemployment rate was 6.1 percent. However, county and city data is not seasonally adjusted.

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