Delware’s jobless rate seventh highest among the 50 states

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Figures from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that Delaware had the nation’s seventh-highest unemployment rate in May.

The state ranks above New Jersey, but below neighboring Pennsylvania at 13.1 percent and Maryland at 9.9 percent as businesses begin to reopen as stay as state at home restrictions are gradually lifted.

To date, the state has announced a date for Phase 3, which is expected to allow higher occupancy rates for businesses.

it remains unclear as to why the rate is higher in Delaware since the state had fewer restrictions than some of its neighbors, which shut down construction and nonessential manufacturing

Delaware did see the loss of 30,000 hospitality jobs as casinos, restaurants, and hotels were closed or were hobbled by severe restrictions.

Jobless rates are expected to fluctuate as federal programs wind down and companies institute permanent layoffs or begin rehiring.

See the rates for states below.

State
May (P) %
Rank
Nebraska
5.2
1
Utah
8.5
2
Wyoming
8.8
3
Arizona
8.9
4
District of Columbia
8.9
4
Idaho
8.9
4
Montana
9.0
7
North Dakota
9.1
8
New Mexico
9.2
9
Maine
9.3
10
Connecticut
9.4
11
South Dakota
9.4
11
Virginia
9.4
11
Arkansas
9.5
14
Georgia
9.7
15
Alabama
9.9
16
Maryland
9.9
16
Minnesota
9.9
16
Iowa
10.0
19
Kansas
10.0
19
Missouri
10.1
21
Colorado
10.2
22
Mississippi
10.6
23
Kentucky
11.0
24
Tennessee
11.3
25
Wisconsin
12.0
26
Indiana
12.3
27
South Carolina
12.5
28
Alaska
12.6
29
Oklahoma
12.6
29
Vermont
12.7
31
North Carolina
12.9
32
West Virginia
12.9
32
Texas
13.0
34
Pennsylvania
13.1
35
Louisiana
13.3
36
Ohio
13.7
37
Oregon
14.2
38
Florida
14.5
39
New Hampshire
14.5
39
New York
14.5
39
Washington
15.1
42
Illinois
15.2
43
New Jersey
15.2
43
Delaware
15.8
45
California
16.3
46
Massachusetts
16.3
46
Rhode Island
16.3
46
Michigan
21.2
49
Hawaii
22.6
50
Nevada
25.3
51
Footnotes
(p) Preliminary
Note: Rates shown are a percentage of the labor force. Data refer to place of residence. Estimates for the current month are subject to revision the following month.
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