Delaware jobless claims flatten out but weekly rate remains high


Delaware has “flattened the curve” when it comes to increases in unemployment claims during the coronavirus pandemicHowever, the claims rate is still running well above historic levels.

The Delaware Department of Labor offered the following in its weekly report:

  • 128,022 UI claims filed from 3/15 – 8/1/2020
  • 2,133 Initial claims received from 7/26 – 8/1/2020blank

Total benefits paid from 3/15 – 8/1/2020:

  • $741,134,448 in UI benefits paid
  • $547,963,213 paid from Federal Government
  • $197,672,158 paid from Delaware UI Trust Fund
  • 10,642 PUA claims filed since 5/16/2020
  • 7,870 PUA claims paid since 5/16/2020
  • $71,538,062 in PUA benefits paid since 5/16/2020

Delaware stayed off the list of states with the highest estimated jobless rates in the week ending July 18 – Nevada (24.9), Puerto Rico (23.5), Hawaii (21.0), California (18.1), Louisiana (17.2), New York (16.3), Connecticut (15.2), Georgia (14.5), Massachusetts (14.3), and Michigan (13.8). The highest rates are listed in a weekly report from the U.S. Labor Department.

Delaware’s June unemployment rate in June was 12.5 percent down sharply from 15.9 percent in May, but above the national figure of 11.1 percent.

The nation’s jobless rate for July fell to 10.2 percent, with the addition of 1.8 million jobs. Delaware’s July unemployment rate will be released later this month.

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