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The pandemic has disrupted every aspect of life, including it turns out, how much Halloween candy people bought.

A recent survey conducted by University of Delaware shows people are celebrating Halloween differently this year because of COVID-19.

One of the study’s authors is Brandon McFadden, an assistant professor in the Department of Applied Economics and Statistics at UD’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

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Workers compensation insurance rates in the First State decrease for a fourth year in a row.

The Delaware Compensation Rating Bureau approved the rate decrease 11.56%.

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Port of Wilmington operator GT USA Wilmington is turning to Goodwill’s Staffing Service to supplement seasonal jobs at the port.

The Delaware Electric Cooperative’s Board of Directors is preparing to hire a new president and CEO.


The man currently in that post announced that he is retiring next year.

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The governors of Maryland and Delaware announced a new grant program to provide help contract poultry farmers in their states.

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Unemployment across the nation and in Delaware is still high, but continues its steady decline after spiking over the summer.

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Funding is now available in New Castle County for restaurants to keep outdoor dining a viable option during the winter months.  


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Republican gubernatorial candidate Julianne Murray says small businesses haven’t been supported enough through the pandemic.

Delaware’s Rapid Workforce Training and Redeployment Initiative is ramping up efforts to help workers displaced by COVID-19 pandemic.

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Like most other states,  Delaware has received a flood of unemployment claims since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

The state’s monthly unemployment rate was 10.5 percent in August after peaking at 15.8 percent in May.  And it is still much higher than the 3.9 percent rate reported this time last year.

Delaware Public Media’s Nick Ciolino recently spoke with Delaware Division of Unemployment Director Daryl Scott about the state’s various efforts to pay jobless benefits.

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Delaware small businesses are set to receive the first round of state loans offering additional pandemic relief.

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Delaware is among states with a high enough unemployment rate to qualify for extended benefits.

The “High Extended Benefits” program was written into the federal CARES Act. It kicks in when states average more than eight percent unemployment over a three-month period.

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A fencing company is moving into central Delaware to replace some lost manufacturing jobs.

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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.

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Members of the Trump Administration visited an urban farm in Wilmington Monday. They see the project as a model for economic development and reentry training programs. 

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The Delaware Lottery is hopeful the start of the NFL season will mark the return of some normalcy to sports betting revenue. 

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A beloved neighborhood gay bar in Wilmington was racking up bills while closed during the pandemic. The community has rallied around it.

Delmarva Power is trying to connect with customers struggling financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County is launching a new adult training program called Train to Gain.


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Delaware’s history with wind power has been less than stellar.

But there may yet be a way for the First State to get in the wind game.

Delaware Public Media contributor Jon Hurdle reports a recent Univ. of Delaware charts a path forward.

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A nearly 100-year-old rail line that carries agricultural supplies and other freight into Delaware is getting a spiff-up.

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A long-awaited new restaurant inside Wilmington’s historic Hotel du Pont is set to open its doors next week.



State officials renew their effort to encourage Delaware businesses to participate in the Customer Protection Standard Shield program.


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The Delaware Department of Labor intends to tap into a federal program to help those unemployed because of COVID related reasons.


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Barring any unforeseen disasters or political upheaval gas prices might have already peaked for 2020 according to AAA Mid-Atlantic.



A new building dedicated to financial technologies is coming to the Delaware Technology Park on the University of Delaware’s STAR Campus.


"Part of the purpose of the building will be to do events, conferences things like that," said Mike Bowman, President and CEO of Delaware Technology Park.

Cinnaire, a non-profit financial partner, is providing a $9 million New Markets Tax Credit allocated to the Delaware Technology Park.

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Delaware’s unemployment rate continued its decline for a second straight month in July after spiking along with the rest of the country earlier this year.

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Delaware's new weekly unemployment claims continue to drop.

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Sussex County is looking to support some small businesses through a kitchen incubator.

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Delaware’s Division of Unemployment Insurance is still sorting through a backlog of claims as it continues to expand to deal with joblessness during the pandemic.