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Delaware's unemployment rate stayed the same last month

Delaware’s unemployment rate in April remained unchanged.

Delaware Public Media’s Joe Irizarry has more.

April’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Delaware was 3.9%, the same as in March. That national number was also 3.9% last month.

Both numbers are up from April 2023 when the Delaware rate was 3.8% and the US unemployment rate was 3.4%.

Meanwhile, area unemployment rates were all down in April from March with the biggest drop in Newark at 3.2% from 4.4%, but all were higher than a year ago. These rates are not seasonally adjusted.

Nonfarm jobs numbers were up in April to 490,400 from 488,300 in March. Since April 2023, Delaware has seen a net increase of 7,200 --or 1.5% growth.

During that same period, the national growth rate increase was 1.8%.

Over the last year, Government jobs and Private Education and Health have helped Delaware's job growth..

Last month Professional and Business services and Leisure and Hospitality drove Delaware’s employment numbers.

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.