Hiring soared in May as mass layoffs eased

WASHINGTON — The job market took a big step toward healing in May, though plenty of damage remains, as a record level of hiring followed record layoffs in March and April. The Labor Department reported Tuesday that the number of available jobs rose sharply as well, but remained far below pre-pandemic levels. The figures, from […]

US unemployment falls to 11% in June

WASHINGTON — U.S. unemployment fell to 11.1% in June as the economy added a solid 4.8 million jobs, the government reported Thursday. But the job-market recovery may already be faltering because of a new round of closings and layoffs triggered by a resurgence of the coronavirus. While the jobless rate was down from 13.3% in […]

Hiring rose in 46 states in May yet jobless rates still high

WASHINGTON — Employers added jobs in 46 states last month, evidence that the U.S. economy’s surprise hiring gain in May was spread broadly across the country — in both states that began reopening their economies early and those that did so only later. Unemployment rates fell in 38 states, rose in three and were largely […]

Record unemployment rate in Delaware gets even higher

DOVER — Delaware’s April unemployment rate shattered the old record. Its mark for May is even higher. The state’s unemployment rate climbed 14.9% to 15.8% from April to May, an indication of just how far from over the COVID crisis is. Nearly one in six Delaware workers did not have a job last month, according […]

Delaware State Fair holding Job Fair this week

HARRINGTON — The Delaware State Fair is hiring for security guards, scanners, parking attendants and grounds cleaning positions for the 2020 fair in Harrington (July 23 – Aug. 1). Experience is preferred, but not necessary. Appreciating the fair and being a friendly person are requirements of all the jobs. Applicants will be required to work […]

Delaware summer job picture impacted by COVID-19

As a recent college graduate, Justin Jones was excited to start his dream job in March. The Smyrna native was hired by ESPN as statistical analyst. His first day on the job was scheduled to be March 20. Like most of the world, Mr. Jones’ plans were thrown off course due to the COVID-19 pandemic. […]

US unemployment drops unexpectedly to 13.3%

WASHINGTON — The U.S. unemployment rate fell unexpectedly in May to 13.3% — still on par with what the nation witnessed during the Great Depression — as states loosened their coronavirus lockdowns and businesses began recalling workers faster than economists had predicted. The government said Friday that the economy added 2.5 million jobs last month, […]

Nearly 4,700 more unemployment claims bring total since COVID outbreak to 100,000

DOVER — Delaware saw an additional 4,651 unemployment claims last week, bringing the total of claims submitted over the past two-plus months to 100,475. That’s slightly more than three times the number of claims the state received in all of 2019, according to the Delaware Department of Labor. Delaware set a new record in April […]

Tax filings down but unemployment claims up in Delaware

DOVER — On average, state tax refunds are currently being returned in 15 days, Director of Revenue Jennifer Hudson said during a public call Friday. Some have been issued in seven days, she said. The deadline to file was moved back is July 15 due to fallout from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Ms. Hudson urged […]

Delaware sees record-shattering 14.3 percent unemployment rate for April

DOVER — Delaware set an ignominious new record last month courtesy of the coronavirus, as the state’s unemployment rate skyrocketed to 14.3 percent. Out of the estimated civilian labor force of 465,000 Delawareans, nearly 67,000 were not employed in April, according to data from the Delaware Department of Labor and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. […]