Unemployment hits 49-year low as US employers step up hiring

WASHINGTON — U.S. employers added a robust 263,000 jobs in April, suggesting that businesses have shrugged off earlier concerns that the economy might slow this year and now anticipate strong customer demand. The unemployment rate fell to a five-decade low of 3.6% from 3.8%, though that drop partly reflected an increase in the number of […]

Speak Out: State workers’ pay

Delaware Tech President Mark Brainard topped tens of thousands of state employees last year by being paid close to $267,000, the highest total among those employed by the First State. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average Delawarean made an annual salary of $53,320 as of May. Data from the Delaware Office […]

Hiring rebounds as US employers add a solid 196,000 jobs

WASHINGTON — Hiring in the United States rebounded in March as U.S. employers added a solid 196,000 jobs, up sharply from February’s scant gain and evidence that many businesses still want to hire despite signs that the economy is slowing. The unemployment rate remained at 3.8%, near the lowest level in almost 50 years, the […]

US employers add robust 304K jobs; joblessness up to 4 percent

WASHINGTON — U.S. employers shrugged off last month’s partial government shutdown and engaged in a burst of hiring in January, adding 304,000 jobs, the most in nearly a year. The healthy gain the government reported Friday illustrated the job market’s durability nearly a decade into the economic expansion. The U.S. has now added jobs for […]

US employers added a stellar 312,000 jobs in December

WASHINGTON — U.S. employers dramatically stepped up their hiring in December, adding 312,000 jobs in an encouraging display of strength for an economy in the midst of a trade war, slowing global growth and a partial shutdown of the federal government. The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate rose slightly to 3.9 percent, […]

US adds robust 250,000 jobs; pay growth fastest since 2009

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WASHINGTON — The final major economic report before Tuesday’s congressional elections showed that U.S. employers added a stellar 250,000 jobs in October and raised average pay by the most in nearly a decade. At the same time, the unemployment rate remained at a five-decade low of 3.7 percent. Friday’s employment report from the government pointed […]

SOUND OFF DELAWARE: Unemployment rates

This is your public forum.We welcome your opinions, which can be emailed to newsroom@newszap.com or posted online under the stories at www.DelawareStateNews.net. The First State’s unemployment rate inched up in September while the jobless numbers dropped nationally during the same time. Last month’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Delaware was 4 percent, up from 3.9 […]

Delaware’s unemployment rate holds steady at 3.9 percent

DOVER — The state Department of Labor’s monthly report for August showed the unemployment rate holding steady at 3.9 percent for the third consecutive month after a fairly precipitous drop from 4.5 percent in January. The state’s rate continues to track with the national rate, which dropped to 3.9 percent back in July. State economist […]

No change in state’s unemployment rate of 3.9 percent

DOVER — According to data released Friday by the Delaware Department of Labor, Delaware’s unemployment rate remained the same from June to July. With just 3.9 percent of Delawareans out of work, the state’s jobless rate is lower than it’s been for any month since January 2008. After rising from 3.8 to 4 percent from […]

Delaware unemployment lowest in a decade

DOVER — The employment numbers that were released last Friday by the Delaware Department of Labor were the most positive in favor of workers than they have been in a decade. In fact, the total number of Delawareans who were unemployed in May fell below 20,000 for the first time since May 2008, around the […]