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Delaware placed 50th in the decline in unemployment claims.
The ranking came from the Wallet Hub financial advice website. Only Rhode Island ranked lower.
Critics have pointed to restrictions in Delaware’s State of Emergency declaration as the reason for the lagging performance. Also blamed are federal supplemental unemployment benefits.
However, states like California and New York, which had more restrictions have seen a faster recovery.
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Despite, the 50th ranking, Delaware’s unemployment rate is only slightly higher than the national figure.
While jobless benefits could be a factor, neighboring Pennsylvania is faring better than Delaware, even though its maximum weekly unemployment benefit is $572. That’s well above the $400 figure for the First State.
To identify which states’ workforces are experiencing the quickest recovery from Covid-19, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia based on changes in unemployment claims for several key benchmark weeks.