Initial jobless claims in Delaware post decline


Delaware reported another decline in initial claims for unemployment for the week, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Initial claims in the state fell to 2,921 for the week ending June 6, down by more than 130 from the previous week.

Delaware and other states did not disclose any information on the federal report on employment trends.

Neighboring Pennsylvania did report fewer layoffs in the accommodation and food services, health care and social assistance, and administrative, support, waste management, and remediation services industries.

Nationwide, in the week ending June 6, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 1,542,000, a decrease of 355,000 from the previous week’s revised level.

That national number translated into an advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate of 14.4 percent for the week ending May 30, a decrease of 0.2 percentage point from the previous week’s revised rate.

Earlier this month, a May unemployment nationwide seasonably adjusted rate of 13.3 percent was reported. The figure was well below earlier estimates and led to hopes that an economic recovery is underway.

Delaware is slated to release its May unemployment figure around June 20. The state’s April employment rate was 14.3 percent, slightly below the national figure.

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