Some good news in job data: Del. saw slight gain in 2017

DOVER — Rumors of Delaware’s economic demise have been slightly exaggerated. Revisions in the state’s unemployment data show the state gained 2,900 jobs in 2017, compared to the prior estimate of zero change. For the third month in a row, Delaware’s unemployment rate fell by a tenth of a percent. It now sits at 4.2 […]

Delaware’s jobless rate worse than national average

DOVER — January marked the fifth month in a row that the state’s unemployment rate has held at 4.5 percent, according to a monthly Department of Labor report released on Tuesday. In comparison, the nation’s unemployment rate is now down to 4.1 percent. However, Dr. George Sharpley, chief of the Office of Occupational and Labor […]

Job growth stagnant in Delaware

DOVER — There’s not much new cooking when it comes to job growth in Delaware. In fact, two bellwether industries in the state — temporary help and restaurants — are among the biggest job losers, according to the December 2017 Labor Review released Friday by the Delaware Department of Labor. The temporary help and restaurant […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: ‘Right to work’ laws do disservice to employees, area

The 14th Representative District Democratic Party Committee stands for policies and laws that support workers and their families, including fair pay for all. The so called “right-to-work” ordinance recently introduced for consideration by Sussex County Council does just the opposite, and that’s why we are encouraging the council to defeat it. Even before getting to […]

COMMENTARY: Another Labor Day without labor reform

This Labor Day, millions of Americans will celebrate their day off with backyard barbecues and a family trip to the beach. But we shouldn’t lose sight of the holiday’s deeper meaning. Labor Day celebrates employees’ “freedom of association,” our right to choose the workplace best suited to us. Unfortunately, workplace freedom is not a reality […]

Prevailing wage in the spotlight once again

  DOVER — The Department of Labor has postponed a hearing on proposed changes to prevailing wage regulations after receiving questions about the potential adjustments. Prevailing wage, which governs how much laborers on state-funded construction projects are paid, was a hot topic over the past few months as Republican lawmakers pushed to suspend or alter […]

Career and College Fair at Caesar Rodney High Wednesday

CAMDEN — A career and college fair open to all students will play host to almost 100 industry representatives Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Caesar Rodney High School. The fair was originally set for March 15, but was rescheduled for March 29 because of a winter storm. The second annual Riders Career and […]

Delaware JobLink hack exposes personal data

  DOVER — More than a quarter million users of a state Labor Department job search online site may be at risk after a hack into the system reached personal information, officials said this week. Delaware was among 10 states affected by a “malicious third party,” the Labor Department said in an announcement posted online. […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Of misleading numbers and the minimum wage

In response to Mr. Clemens’ [Opinion page] article in the State News on 1/12/17 (“Justice needs to be on the bargaining table”), I would like to start by saying thank you for reading my Opinion page] article of 1/2/17 [“The election, the future of our nation and Delaware”], and then responding. To be sure, we […]

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 […]