Delaware’s jobless rate drops to 5.9%

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Delaware’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in May was 5.9%, down from 6.4% in April.

The Delaware Department of Labor reported 28,600 unemployed Delawareans in May 2021 compared to 63,000 in May 2020.

The nation’s unemployment rate was 5.8% in May 2021, down from 6.1% in April 2021. In May 2020, the US unemployment rate was 13.3%. Delaware’s rate during that period was also 13.3%.

Delaware’s jobless rate has hovered around the national average after years of being lower than the national figure.

In May, seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment was 443,900, down from 445,300 in April 2021.

Since May 2020, Delaware’s total nonfarm jobs have increased by 39,300, rising 9.7 percent. Nationally, jobs during that period increased by 9%.

With the recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, employers are having trouble filling positions.

Some have blamed supplemental employment benefits and the lack of a work search requirement in filing for unemployment. As of this month, the work search requirements.

Others cite factors that include an aging workforce that has taken early retirement and child care issues and one parent staying home as schools spent much of the year with a hybrid model of in-class and remote learning.

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