Delaware’s jobless rate finally matches national figure

Delaware and US jobless rates

Delaware’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate finally matched the national figure.

It was the first time in 33 months that Delaware’s jobless rate matched the national number.

One troubling development was a decline in the labor participation rate.

The state’s unemployment rate in April was 3.9%, unchanged from March 2024. There were 19,800 unemployed Delawareans in April compared to 19,300 in April 2023. The national unemployment rate was 3.9% in April, up from 3.8% in March. In April 2023, the nation’s unemployment rate was 3.4%, while Delaware’s rate was 3.8%.

In April 2024, seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment was 490,400, up from 488,300 in March 2024. Since April 2023, Delaware’s total nonfarm jobs have increased by 7,200, up 1.5%. Nationally, jobs during that period increased by 1.8%.


The state has seen a six-month decline in total employment, although the total is still ahead of a year ago.

The state also saw the labor participation rate fall to 60.1%, the lowest since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic in April 2020 when the rate was 59.5%. The 59.5% rate was the lowest since record-keeping began in 1978..