Big improvement in state’s jobless rate but many still unemployed

DOVER — Both Delaware and the country as a whole are continuing the economic recovery from coronavirus, but the jobless data does offer some good news. According to figures released Friday by the Delaware Department of Labor, Delaware’s unemployment rate fell from 10.5% to 8.9% last month. In real terms, that means 44,500 members of […]

Amazon to hire 4,400 new employees in Maryland in expansion

BALTIMORE, Md. (AP) — Amazon said it plans to hire up to 4,400 employees for its Maryland facilities as part of a major company-wide expansion accelerated by booming sales during the coronavirus pandemic. The Baltimore Sun reports that the new hires will add to the Seattle-based online retailer’s 17,500-person work force in Maryland. Amazon has […]

US layoffs remain elevated as job market’s gains weaken

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits was unchanged last week at 884,000, a sign that layoffs remain stuck at a historically high level six months after the viral pandemic flattened the economy. The latest figures released by the Labor Department Thursday coincide with other recent evidence that the job market’s […]

US unemployment rate falls to 8.4% even as hiring slows

WASHINGTON — The U.S. unemployment rate fell sharply in August to 8.4% from 10.2% even as employers slowed their hiring again in one of the final major barometers of the economy to be released before Election Day. Employers added 1.4 million jobs last month, the Labor Department said Friday, down from 1.7 million in July […]

State unemployment rate falls but remains above 10%

DOVER — Delaware’s jobless rate fell more than 2% in July, but one in 10 would-be workers were still unemployed. According to data released Friday by the Delaware Department of Labor, 10.4% of the state’s labor force were out of work last month. That’s down from 12.6% in June, which itself was a decrease from […]

1.2 million seek jobless aid after $600 federal check ends

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 1.2 million laid-off Americans applied for state unemployment benefits last week, evidence that the coronavirus keeps forcing companies to slash jobs just as a critical $600 weekly federal jobless payment has expired. The government’s report Thursday did offer a smidgen of hopeful news: The number of jobless claims declined by 249,000 […]

As expanded unemployment aid expires, what’s next for residents?

DOVER — Congress’ failure to agree to a coronavirus relief deal means the tens of thousands of Delawareans receiving expanded unemployment benefits are losing a large chunk of their weekly payments. Expanded unemployment benefits from the federal CARES Act ran out Friday, causing a loss of $600 a week for millions of Americans. The expiration […]

Record economic plunge, bleak jobs numbers reveal virus toll

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy plunged by a record-shattering 32.9% annual rate last quarter, and the coronavirus pandemic is still cutting a path of destruction, forcing millions out of work and shuttering businesses. The economy’s stunning contraction in the April-June quarter came as the viral outbreak pushed already struggling businesses to close for a second […]

Virus sends US jobless claims up for first time since March

WASHINGTON — The viral pandemic’s resurgence caused the number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits to rise last week for the first time in nearly four months, evidence of the deepening economic pain the outbreak is causing. The increase in weekly jobless claims to 1.4 million served to underscore the outsize role the unemployment insurance system […]

Jobless rate falls but 1 in 8 Delawareans out of work

DOVER — Delaware’s unemployment rate fell 3.4% in June. Unfortunately, one out of every eight Delawareans belonging to the labor force remains unemployed. According to data from the state and federal labor departments released Friday, Delaware’s unemployment rate last month was 12.5%, clearly illustrating the devastating impact of COVID-19. Nationally, 11.1% of job-seeking Americans were […]