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 or posted online under the stories at 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 […]

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 […]