Delaware’s unemployment rate dropped slightly from 6.7 percent to 6.8 percent in May as the financial and hospitality job count increased.
There were 29,600 unemployed Delawareans in June 2012, compared to 32,200 in June 2011, according to the Delaware Department of Labor. The U.S. unemployment rate was 8.2 percent in June 2012, unchanged from 8.2 percent in May 2012. In June 2011, the U.S. unemployment rate was 9.1 percent.
In June 2012, seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment was 419,300, up from 417,800 in May 2012. The increase of 1,500 jobs between May and June was mainly due to increases in financial areas and leisure and hospitality.
Since June 2011, Delaware’s total non farm job count increased by a net gain of 3,600, an increase of 0.9 percent. Nationally, jobs during that period increased 1.4 percent. Over the past twelve months, the job gains in Delaware were in education and health at 2,600, leisure and hospitality at 2,200, and financial activities at 1,600.
The largest year to year job losses were in construction, down 1,500 and state government, down 800.
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