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Delaware jobless rate dips again in August

Delaware Public Media

Delaware’s unemployment rate fell in August with the leisure and hospitality sector making slow gains.


The state’s unemployment rate was 5.4% in August, down from 5.6% in July.

The rate drop was a statewide trend as New Castle, Kent, and Sussex counties all saw their jobless rates dip, as did Wilmington, Newark, and Dover. Dover dropped to 8.6% from 9.2% in July and Wilmington dropped to 8.3% from 8.7%.

Newark was down to 4.1% down from 4.3%. 

Kent County saw the biggest drop in unemployment down to 6.3% from 6.8%. New Castle County was at 5.5% while Sussex County was 4.3%.

The Leisure and Hospitality sector is slowly making a comeback after being hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic gaining 800 jobs in August and 9,900 since August 2020.

Still Delaware is lagging behind the national unemployment rate and jobs gained.

The US unemployment rate was at 5.2% for last month, while since August 2020 Delaware has seen 3.6% rise in nonfarm jobs compared to the national rate of 4.4%.

Joe brings over 20 years of experience in news and radio to Delaware Public Media and the All Things Considered host position. He joined DPM in November 2019 as a reporter and fill-in ATC host after six years as a reporter and anchor at commercial radio stations in New Castle and Sussex Counties.
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