Delaware’s economic bounce-back from Covid among the nation’s weakest

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A federal report ranking jobless rates has Delaware ranking in the bottom third among the 50 states.

Delaware finished 37th in the report from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Separately, the WalletHub financial information website reported that Delaware ranked 42nd in its economic recovery from Covid-19. Click here for the full report that is based on six employment metrics.

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Bounced Back MostBounced Back Least
1. Indiana42. Delaware
2. Utah43. Connecticut
3. Nebraska44. Alaska
4. Kansas45. Texas
5. Montana46. Massachusetts
6. Oklahoma47. Maryland
7. Minnesota48. New Mexico
8. Alabama49. Hawaii
9. New Hampshire50. California
10. Arizona51. District of Columbia
Source WalletHub

Mid-Atlantic states have seen slower job growth than some states in New England, the South, West, and Midwest. Despite government leaders bragging about its economic performance, Texas is tied with Delaware when it comes to the January jobless rate.

Hawaii, a tourism-dependent state, moved up in the rankings as leisure travel shows strength, according to the federal report.

Below is the ranking of states by jobless rate with Nebraska and Utah tied for first place.

The figures do not reflect the “great American resignation,” since those quitting their job do not usually show up in unemployment figures.

The abundance of some types of jobs is leading some to quit before finding a position with another employer.

StateJanuary 2022(P)
rate
Rank
Nebraska2.21
Utah2.21
Indiana2.43
Kansas2.64
Montana2.75
Oklahoma2.75
South Dakota2.87
Minnesota2.98
New Hampshire2.98
Idaho3.010
Vermont3.010
Wisconsin3.010
Alabama3.113
North Dakota3.113
Arkansas3.215
Georgia3.215
Virginia3.317
Florida3.518
South Carolina3.518
Tennessee3.518
Arizona3.721
Iowa3.721
Missouri3.823
Wyoming3.823
North Carolina3.925
Colorado4.126
Maine4.126
West Virginia4.126
Rhode Island4.229
Louisiana4.330
Ohio4.330
Oregon4.330
Hawaii4.433
Kentucky4.433
Washington4.433
Mississippi4.636
Delaware4.837
Massachusetts4.837
Texas4.837
Michigan4.940
Illinois5.041
Nevada5.242
New Jersey5.242
Connecticut5.344
New York5.344
Maryland5.446
Pennsylvania5.446
Alaska5.648
California5.849
New Mexico5.950
District of Columbia6.351
Footnotes
(P) Preliminary
Note: Rates shown are a percentage of the labor force. Data refer to place of residence. Estimates for the current month are subject to revision the following month. 
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