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Unemployment rate drops again in Delaware

Delaware Public Media

Delaware’s unemployment rate drops again in December hitting a mark last seen at the beginning of the pandemic.

Delaware’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 5.0 percent last month from 5.1 percent in November.

The last time the unemployment was at or below five percent in Delaware was in March 2020 when it was 4.8 percent.

Delaware finished 2021 with 11,900 more jobs than in 2020 with Leisure and Hospitality jobs up 5,800 over the year.

Wholesale and Retail Trade and the Construction industry increased 2,300 jobs over the year, while Professional and Business Services and Manufacturing jobs were down 1,300 and 500 respectively over the year.

There were 24,600 unemployed in Delaware in December down from the 28,200 in December 2020.

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

The national jobless rate was 3.9 percent in December.

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.