Delaware Jobless rate rises to 6.5 percent

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Delaware’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in March stayed above the national average at 6.5 percent. Delaware’s March jobless figure was up from 6.3 percent in February.

The Delaware Department of Labor reported 31,600 unemployed Delawareans in March 2021 compared to 23,100 in March 2020.

blankThe national unemployment rate was 6 percent in March, down from 6.2 percent in February. In March 2020, the US unemployment rate was 4.4 percent, while Delaware’s rate was 4.8 percent.

In March, seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment in Delaware was 445,200, up from 442,900 in February 2021.

The hospitality industry continued to take the biggest job hit in Delaware. While recovering from pandemic lows, employment in that sector remains down by 7,400 from a year ago. The only category to show year-over-year gains was transport and utilities. That category may have been aided by growth in online shopping.

Since March 2020, Delaware’s total nonfarm jobs decreased by 20,100, a decline of 4.4 percent. That’s identical to the national rate.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that unemployment rates were lower in March in 20 states and the District of Columbia and stable in 30 states.

Forty states and the District had jobless rate increases from a year earlier, and 10 states had little or no change.

Over the year, nonfarm payroll employment decreased in 46 states and the District and was essentially unchanged in four states.

Hawaii and New York had the highest unemployment rates in March at 9 percent and 8.5 percent, respectively. Nebraska, South Dakota, Utah, and Vermont had the lowest rates, 2.9 percent each.

See chart below from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for jobless rates by state.

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