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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. 

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Delaware’s Department of Agriculture (DDA) says Delawareans continue to receive unsolicited packages of seeds appearing to originate in China.

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Gov. John Carney signed an executive order Monday giving unemployed Delawareans opportunities for job training.

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Experts and advocates predicted a wave of evictions once moratoriums lifted. That has not panned out locally, at least not yet.

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Bike stores in Delaware have seen a massive surge in business during the pandemic. But the new normal is not all good for these local shops. 

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Delaware has been in Phase 2 of its reopening plan for over a month – with no firm indication when it could move to Phase 3.

That uncertainty means many Delaware businesses are seeing their recovery efforts stall as they also wrestle with how to navigate a post-COVID world.

The Delaware State Chamber of Commerce hosted a virtual conference this week addressing these issues and contributor Jon Hurdle sat in on it.

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Most of the talk about the upcoming school year is understandably centered on whether school buildings and college campuses will reopen – even partially – or will kids start the new year as they ended the last – learning remotely at home.

But that uncertainty has implications beyond what learning will look like.

This is normally back-to-school shopping season. But what does that look like if you don’t know whether your kid is going to a school building or learning from home? And is this yet another potential hit for retailers already reeling from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic?

Contributor Eileen Dallabrida examines these issues.

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New unemployment claims in Delaware remain fairly steady over the past few weeks.


The Delaware Department of Labor received 2,720 claims for the week ending July 18th.

Economic development efforts in Delaware often focus on bringing new businesses to the First State.  But attracting a workforce is also important – and a new effort to do that is getting started this summer.

It’s called Intern Delaware, and is focused building the pool of entry-level professionals in the state.

Contributor Larry Nagengast offers a closer look at the program this week.


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Unemployment dropped in Delaware last month for the first time since February.

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A foot passenger ban on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry is lifted, but some COVID-19 restrictions are in place.

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Nanticoke Hospital is receiving some federal funds after being left out of coronavirus aid to rural hospitals.

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A Sussex County property owner is looking to sell - with an eye toward adding more medical infrastructure in the area. 

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The Rehoboth-Dewey Chamber of Commerce says the Delaware beach communities saw a “devastatingly” low turnout for the Fourth of July weekend.

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New unemployment claims are still high in Delaware, though they have levelled off in recent weeks.

The Delaware Department of Labor received 2,771 new claims for the week ending June 27 and paid almost $39 million in benefits.

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Barclays announced Monday it is adding jobs in Delaware. The British Bank is planning a nearly $7 million capital investment to add a new call center at its US consumer business headquarters in Wilmington.

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Gas prices in the First State are above $2 per gallon for the first time since the end of March.


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Support for workers at Mountaire Farms chicken processing plant in Selbyville was heard Monday. 

A caravan led by the local United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) chapter drove by the plant honking their horns ahead of Tuesday’s union election. 

Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. urges Congress to provide chicken farmers with direct aid to help them deal with lost revenue because of the COVID-19 pandemic.


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New unemployment claims in Delaware continued to slow heading into the state’s second phase of reopening.

The Delaware Labor Department received 2,516 new claims for the week ending June 13th.  It also paid more than $42 million in total claims that week. 

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Delaware moves from Phase 1 to Phase 2 of its reopening plan this Monday.  Phase 1 allowed many stores to open their doors again, albeit with limited capacity.  Phase 2 allows even more things to open, and those already operating some additional capacity – up to 60 percent.

So, how are stores faring in this launch of a “new normal?”

We turn to contributor Eileen Dallabrida to get the lay of the land.

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New unemployment claims have levelled off in Delaware, but remain way above average. 

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The Cape May Lewes Ferry is moving closer to normal operations; they are are easing some restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Sussex County recently launched a campaign to encourage residents to “buy locally.”


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A recent technical error is delaying unemployment checks for many Delawareans still waiting for relief during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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The loss of one NASCAR race weekend at Dover International Speedway next year is expected to deal Central Delaware's economy a blow.


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State officials offered plans Tuesday for the next phases of Delaware’s reopening.

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As Delaware’s economic reopening gets started and prepares for Phase 2 on June 15, the Delaware Division of Small Business is helping small businesses get back in the swing of things.


Delaware Electric Cooperative (DEC) customers are about to get a break on their bills.