Big drop in October unemployment

DOVER — Delaware’s unemployment rate saw a steep drop of 2.7% last month and now sits at 5.6%. It’s been an extraordinary year, a fact reflected in the jobless rate. Delaware started the year at 4% unemployment before climbing from 3.9% in February to 5.1% in March. That was the state’s largest month-to-month increase since […]

Unemployment rate keeps dropping but remains more than double the level from one year ago

DOVER — Delaware’s unemployment rate dropped for the fourth straight month but still far exceeds the unemployment level from one year ago. As of last month, 8.2% of Delawareans in the labor force were out of work. That’s down from 15.9% in May but more than twice the September 2019 rate of 3.9%, according to […]

Big improvement in state’s jobless rate but many still unemployed

DOVER — Both Delaware and the country as a whole are continuing the economic recovery from coronavirus, but the jobless data does offer some good news. According to figures released Friday by the Delaware Department of Labor, Delaware’s unemployment rate fell from 10.5% to 8.9% last month. In real terms, that means 44,500 members of […]

State unemployment rate falls but remains above 10%

DOVER — Delaware’s jobless rate fell more than 2% in July, but one in 10 would-be workers were still unemployed. According to data released Friday by the Delaware Department of Labor, 10.4% of the state’s labor force were out of work last month. That’s down from 12.6% in June, which itself was a decrease from […]

Delaware announces extended unemployment benefits

WILMINGTON — The Delaware Department of Labor announced Monday the state has begun offering the extended unemployment benefits for individuals whose benefits have run out. Under federal and state law, the extended unemployment benefits program offers up to an additional 13 weeks of benefits to individuals who have exhausted both their regular unemployment payments and […]

Jobless rate falls but 1 in 8 Delawareans out of work

DOVER — Delaware’s unemployment rate fell 3.4% in June. Unfortunately, one out of every eight Delawareans belonging to the labor force remains unemployed. According to data from the state and federal labor departments released Friday, Delaware’s unemployment rate last month was 12.5%, clearly illustrating the devastating impact of COVID-19. Nationally, 11.1% of job-seeking Americans were […]

Unemployment rate slips but one in eight Delawareans are still not working

DOVER — Delaware’s unemployment rate fell 3.4% in June. Unfortunately, one out of every eight Delawareans belonging to the labor force remains unemployed. According to data from the state and federal labor departments, Delaware’s unemployment rate last month was 12.5%. Nationally, 11.1% of job-seeking Americans were out of work in June, down from 13.3% the […]

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 […]

Letter to the Editor: Unemployment: What is going on?

Even though the state of Delaware reported that it started to pay out Pandemic Unemployment Assistance claims May 29,to date, no money has actually been received. It took the state two months to even set up a system for those claims, then after filing all paperwork and claims, I waited another two weeks to finally […]