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First State unemployment rate back below 10 percent

Sep 18, 2020

Delaware’s unemployment rate continues to improve along with the rest of the country.

The First State’s rate dropped again in August from 10.5 percent to 8.9 percent.

It has been on a steady decline since peaking back in May at 15.8 percent, but is still much higher than the 3.9 percent rate reported this time last year.

Delaware’s rate remains just above the national rate which also dropped in August from 10.2 to 8.4 percent.

The First State also added 5,100 jobs last month for a total of 426,800.

But it’s still about 41,300 jobs short of the total statewide in August 2019. The greatest loss has been in the leisure and hospitality sector.