State jobless rate up slightly to 6.9%


    Delaware’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose slightly to 6.9 percent, from 6.8 percent in July. Click on the link below for the full report: MonthlylaborAugust

    Unemployed men queued outside a depression soup kitchen opened in Chicago by Al Capone, 02-1931 - NARA - 541927
    Soup kitchen in photos from 1930s. Current jobless figures are far lower than during the great depression, but do tax the resources of food banks and other nonprofits.

    Images from Foter

    The state reported 30,200 unemployed Delawareans in August 2012, compared to 32,700 in August 2011. The U.S. unemployment rate was 8.1 percent  in August 2012, down from 8.3 percent in July 2012. In August 2011, the U.S. unemployment rate was 9.1 percent.

    The report from the state Department of Labor showed job growth remained weak, even when compared to less-than-robust national figures.

    Since August 2011, Delaware’s total nonfarm jobs have increased by a net gain of  800, an increase  of 0.2 percent.. Nationally, jobs during that period increased 1.4 percent.

    Over the past twelve months, the job gains in the state came in Leisure and Hospitality at 2,200; Education and Health, 1,900; and Financial Activities,  ,700. The largest over-the-year job losses were in Professional and Business Services at 3,300, and State Government, 1,300.

    Labor market officials caution against reading too much into figures, since adjustments are made frequently. For example state government employment fluctuates with the timing of the school year and other factors.

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