Delaware jobless rate remains unchanged at 4.7 percent

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Delaware’s unemployment rate remained at 4.7 percent in June, unchanged from a month earlier, the Delaware Department of Labor reported.

The June 2016 unempoyment rate was 4.4 percent.

The Delawre jobless rate stayed three-tenths of a percent higher than the national figure, after decades of having a jobless rate below the U.S. number.

2017-06 MLR

Delaware was only one of four states that did not see a single month of decline in the jobless rate in 2017.

The others are all in the East – Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.

Half of all states, did not see a single month of an unemployment increase in 2017.

The state did manage to add 1,300 jobs through May, but was still about half the national percentage rate.

Five states had job losses – Kansas Mississippi , New Jersey, Vermont and West Virginia. Nine other states grew by less than 0.3 percent.

Delaware’s position in the bottom third is not likely to improve with the June data . The 1,200 drop in jobs in the state last month leaves the 2017 gain at a measly 400 jobs gained midway through the year, adding up to 0.1 percent growth.

The state has been struggling with budget problems that may be reflected in employment numbers. State government employment is down by 600 jobs the largest drop in more than 15 categories.

State government, especially when public school jobs are considered, is the largest single employer in the state.

By contrast, the construction sector appeared to be relatively robust with a gain of 1,200 jobs over the past year. Leisure and hospitality saw an even stronger gain of 1,800 jobs.

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