State's jobless rate up slightly at 6.8 percent

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    Delaware’s unemployment rate stood at 6.8 percent in July, up slightly from 6.7 percent a month earlier.blank

    Seasonally adjusted nonfarm employ-ment was 417,000, down from 417,900 in June 2012. The decrease of 900 jobs was mainly due to decreases in professional and business services, and retail trade.

    Since July 2011, Delaware’s total nonfarm jobs have increased by a net gain of 200, a rise of 0.05 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 2,100, leisure and hospitality at 1,800, and financial activities at 1,500. The largest over-the-year job losses were in professional and business services at -2,100, government at -1,500, and construction at -1,400.

    The number of jobless Delawareans stood at 30,000 n July 2012, compared to 32,500 in July 2011. The U.S. unemployment rate was 8.3 percent in July 2012, up from 8.2 percent in June 2012. In July 2011, the U.S. unemployment rate was 9.1 percent.

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