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 […]

Largest state unemployment rate jump in 30 years still undercounts increase

DOVER — Delaware’s unemployment rate jumped from 3.9 percent in February to 5.1 percent in March, the largest month to month increase since September 1990. But even that figure, which also represents the highest rate since January 2015, undercounts the true impact of the coronavirus. “When the data is collected it is collected for the […]

Almost 62,000 have sought unemployment in Delaware over past four weeks

DOVER — The Delaware Department of Labor said Thursday 13,258 Delaware workers filed unemployment claims from April 5-11, the fourth week in a row with at least 10,000 filings. Nearly 62,000 workers in the First State have sought unemployment benefits over the past four weeks, a staggering sum that’s nearly double the number of claims […]

State moving closer to unemployment benefits for self-employed

DOVER — The Delaware Department of Labor announced Thursday it is working with a vendor to create a system that will allow self-employed individuals and independent contractors to apply for expanded unemployment benefits. It is expected to be ready in three to six weeks. The state’s system currently does not allow those workers to seek […]

More than 13,000 Delaware workers sought unemployment in most recent week

DOVER — More than 13,000 Delaware workers filed unemployment claims from April 5-11, the Delaware Department of Labor said Thursday. Nearly 62,000 workers in the First State have sought unemployment benefits over the previous four weeks, a staggering sum that illustrates just how widespread and devastating the coronavirus has been. After receiving just 473 claims […]