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First State sees a slight downtick in unemployment

Delaware Public Media

Unemployment in the First State’s dropped slightly in November.

The State Department of Labor says Delaware’s jobless rate slipped one tenth of a point from 3.9% to 3.8% percent last month.

That moved the state  closer to the national unemployment rate, which remains at 3.7% for a second straight month.

More people are working with fewer unemployed in Delaware, but not by much.  The Labor Department reports 300 more state residents were employed in November than in October while the number of unemployed fell by 400.

Non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates across the state were down across the board last month.

Wilmington stands at 4.1% – down over a point from 5.2% in October. Dover was down from 4.5% in October to 3.9% last month.

All three counties also saw unemployment fall, with the biggest drop in New Castle County, where the non-seasonally adjusted rate fell below 3% – sitting at 2.8 in November.

And compared to a year ago, the state has added 7,200 hundred jobs, a growth rate of 1.6%.  That matches the nation rate of job growth.

Tom Byrne has been a fixture covering news in Delaware for three decades. He joined Delaware Public Media in 2010 as our first news director and has guided the news team ever since. When he's not covering the news, he can be found reading history or pursuing his love of all things athletic.