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The unemployment rate continues to drop nationally and in Delaware, according to the state Department of Labor.

The First State’s unemployment rate peaked at just under 16 percent in May and has since been on a rapid decline.

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More manufacturing jobs are coming to central Delaware.

The Pennsylvania-based corrugated packaging producer U.S. Corrugated recently announced it is bringing the company’s planned $80 million plant to Dover.

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

Kent County Economic Partnership

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

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Unemployment claims in the First State were up slightly last week after steadily falling for the previous six weeks.

The Delaware Labor Department says 5,584 first-time claims were filed by the end of last week.  That’s 387 more than the previous week.

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Independent contractors, the self-employed and others can start using a new system to apply for unemployment insurance benefits next week.


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It is difficult to grasp on just how much damage the coronavirus pandemic will ultimately to the economy nationwide and here in the First State, but we are starting to get an initial sense of the scope both in hard numbers – and anecdotally.

Delaware Public Media contributor Jon Hurdle spent the week talking with businesses and workers affected – and looking at the available data.

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Delaware’s unemployment rate has gone up for a third straight month. 

The rate rose one-tenth of a point again in September and is back to 3.5 percent where it started the year in January.

UPS has added a new $40 million sorting facility in New Castle. 

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Delaware’s unemployment rate dropped slightly to start the new year.


New data shows joblessness in the First State settled back down to 3.5% for the month of January – that’s a tenth of a percent drop from the year’s end.  


Unemployment in the First State dipped again in December.

The State Department of Labor says Delaware’s jobless rate slipped another tenth of a point last month, falling from 3.8 to 3.7%.

The First State has seen job growth in recent months according to payroll data released Friday.

Last month, and for the first time in a decade, there were less than 20,000 Delawareans claiming unemployment.

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Delaware’s unemployment rate is dropping and earlier reports of seasonal job loss late last year have turned out to be exaggerated.

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Unemployment in The First State dipped slightly last month.

Delaware’s jobless rate slipped a tenth of a percent for a second straight month, falling to 4.3 percent in March.

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Delaware’s unemployment rate dropped 0.1% in February, but the state gave back most of the 2,000 jobs gained the month before.

Port of Wilmington

The Trump Administration’s decision to impose tariffs on steel imports could have some effect on ports along the Delaware River, including the Port of Wilmington.

Delaware’s unemployment rate held steady at 4.5% in January. Early numbers also show the addition of more than two thousand non-farm jobs in the state, but experts say the growth could be attributed to the change of seasons.


Dow Chemical merged with DuPont back in August - creating a 103 billion dollar company. It is now consolidating operations ahead of breaking into three smaller entities - two of which will call Delaware home.

Delaware strives to prepare state's future workforce

Dec 13, 2017
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Gov. John Carney, community groups and members of the business community are discussing ways to prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow.

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A partnership between Delmarva Power and The Precisionists will provide local jobs to people with autism. 


Edgewell, took over the Femcare line as part of a 2013 acquisition of Johnson & Johnson. The company consolidated its assembly operations to Dover, bringing production lines from Montreal, Canada.

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Delaware-based real-estate developer Harvey Hanna is buying the vacant former GM Boxwood plant in Newport for redevelopment.

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Job creation in the First State often focuses on bringing in - or retaining - well-paying positions that require a college education.

But there are other in demand jobs that lack the workforce needed to fill them.  They’re middle skill jobs – positions that need more that a high school degree, but not a four-year college degree.

Biden calls for worker first economic policies

Sep 19, 2017
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Former Vice President Joe Biden turned to his father’s wisdom during a Biden Institute jobs forum Tuesday night at the University of Delaware.

Courtesy: CSC

One of the nation’s oldest legal-service businesses, CSC, is adding 80 new IT jobs in Delaware.

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Delaware’s jobless rate continues to rise.

Unemployment in the First State was up again in August according to the state’s Department of Labor.

Verterans Watchmaker Initiative

The Veterans Watchmakers Initiative held a grand opening for its new school in Odessa this week. The Odessa Center for Horological Excellence will hold classes for disabled war veterans to learn how to make watches.


Delaware will get a bit more of the recently merged DowDuPont.

Company officials announced Tuesday seven additional businesses will move into the planned Specialty Products spinoff in Delaware.

Sarah Mueller

Delawareans used to have to travel to state job centers to use its computers. But, the state is now bringing its employment resources to residents through its new mobile job center.