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Delaware unemployment rate remains unchanged in January

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Delaware Public Media
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Delaware’s jobless rate held steady in January.

The state’s Department of Labor reports seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in the first month of the year was 4.8%, matching the revised number for December.

The December number was initially reported at 5.0%.

January’s 4.8% unemployment rate is the lowest in Delaware since the month before the pandemic began when it stood at 3.7% in February 2020.

It’s also nearly a full point lower than January 2021 when unemployment was at 5.7%.

The state also began 2022 with 8,700 more jobs than January 2021 – a 2% increase. And the hard-hit Leisure & Hospitality industry was up 3,500 jobs from January 2021.

Non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates rose in all three counties, as well as Wilmington, Newark, and Dover in January compared to December.

Delaware still lags behind the national jobless rate – which was 4.0% in January.

February unemployment numbers will be released in two weeks.