Number of Delaware jobless claims ticks up slightly

DOVER — The number of initial unemployment claims filed by Delawareans ticked up slightly last week even as businesses begin to prepare for a gradual reopening of the state’s economy amid the coronavirus epidemic. The Delaware Department of Labor reported Thursday that just under 5,600 initial unemployment claims were filed for the week ending May […]

Delaware reports sixth straight drop in unemployment filings

DOVER — The pace at which Delawareans are filing unemployment claims amid the coronavirus epidemic is continuing its weeks-long decline but is still higher than it has ever been. The Delaware Department of Labor reported Thursday that roughly 5,200 initial unemployment claims were filed for the week ending May 9. That’s down from about 6,180 […]

US unemployment spikes to a Depression-era level of 14.7%

WASHINGTON — The U.S. unemployment rate hit 14.7% in April, a level last seen during the Great Depression, as 20.5 million jobs vanished in the worst monthly loss on record — stark evidence of how the coronavirus has brought the economy to its knees. The breathtaking losses, reported by the Labor Department on Friday, are […]

Commentary: The trouble with virtual communication

By Dr. Myna German Jeremy Bailenson, a Stanford Univ psychologist and author of Experience on Demand, has studied virtual communication for twenty years and sees big problems with it compared to “au naturel.” Eye contact is next to nil on Zoom or the equivalent and all you see are technology Gallery grids. You can’t see […]

Letter to the Editor: Providing protein and protecting essential workers during COVID-19

We have to eat. As seemingly obvious as that may sound, amidst this pandemic, it bears added weight. The COVID-19 outbreak has reminded us that our food system is both critical and essential. The chicken industry has a long history of adapting to difficult situations and meeting changing demand and we’re confident this will be […]

33 million have sought US unemployment aid since virus hit

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 3.2 million laid-off workers applied for unemployment benefits last week as the business shutdowns caused by the viral outbreak deepened the worst U.S. economic catastrophe in decades. Roughly 33.5 million people have now filed for jobless aid in the seven weeks since the coronavirus began forcing millions of companies to close […]

US service sector shrinks; first time since Great Recession

WASHINGTON — The U.S. service sector shrank for the first time in a decade last month as the pandemic forced shutdowns and layoffs nationwide. The Institute for Supply Management said Tuesday that its service-sector index fell to 41.8 in April, compared with a March reading of 52.5. Any reading below 50 signals that the service […]

Unemployment benefits for self-employed will be available soon in Delaware

DOVER — The long-awaited system to allow independent contractors and self-employed individuals to apply for unemployment benefits will be ready next week. According to the Delaware Department of Labor, individuals who work for themselves can file for unemployment starting Monday. While these workers normally are not eligible for jobless benefits, a federal stimulus measure has […]

Some 26 million have sought US jobless aid since virus hit

NEW YORK — Unemployment in the U.S. is swelling to levels last seen during the Great Depression of the 1930s, with 1 in 6 American workers thrown out of a job by the coronavirus. More than 4.4 million laid-off Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, the government said Thursday. In all, roughly 26 million […]

Carney urges patience on reopening in Delaware, warns of grim budget outlook

DOVER — Delaware may take gradual steps toward reopening in the near future, but it’s going to take a long time before things come close to normalcy again, Gov. John Carney said Tuesday. Based on guidance from the White House, the state wants to see 28 consecutive days of declining cases before ramping the process […]