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Delaware’s jobless rate up slightly to 4.4%

From: Delaware Business Now 

Delaware’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in November was 4.4%, up from 4.3% in October 2022, the Delaware Department of Labor reported.

There were 21,800 unemployed Delawareans in November 2022 compared to 23,900 in November 2021. The US unemployment rate was 3.7% in November 2022, unchanged from October 2022. In November 2021, the US unemployment rate was 4.2%, while Delaware’s rate was 4.8%.

Delaware has one of the highest jobless rates. It was tied for the 46th spot (See the chart below, which lists the jobless rate and the national ranking.

State
Utah
2.2 1
Minnesota 2.3 2
North Dakota 2.3 2
South Dakota 2.4 4
Nebraska 2.5 5
Vermont 2.5 5
Florida 2.6 7
New Hampshire 2.6 7
Alabama 2.7 9
Missouri 2.7 9
Kansas 2.8 11
Virginia 2.8 11
Montana 2.9 13
Georgia 3.0 14
Idaho 3.0 14
Indiana 3.0 14
Iowa 3.1 17
Hawaii 3.3 18
Louisiana 3.3 18
South Carolina 3.3 18
Wisconsin 3.3 18
Massachusetts 3.4 22
New Jersey 3.4 22
Oklahoma 3.4 22
Colorado 3.5 25
Tennessee 3.5 25
Rhode Island 3.6 27
Wyoming 3.6 27
Arkansas 3.7 29
Maine 3.7 29
Mississippi 3.9 31
North Carolina 3.9 31
Kentucky 4.0 33
Pennsylvania 4.0 33
Texas 4.0 33
Washington 4.0 33
Arizona 4.1 37
California 4.1 37
New Mexico 4.1 37
West Virginia 4.1 37
Connecticut 4.2 41
Ohio 4.2 41
Maryland 4.3 43
Michigan 4.3 43
New York 4.3 43
Delaware 4.4 46
Oregon 4.4 46
Alaska 4.5 48
District of Columbia 4.6 49
Illinois 4.7 50
Nevada 4.9 5
Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics

In November 2022, seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment was 462,600, down from 463,500 in October 2022. Since November 2021, Delaware’s total nonfarm jobs have increased by ,800, an increase of 2.2%. Nationally, jobs during that period increased 3.2%.

While total employment in Delaware is up by 9,800 from a year ago, the state did see a loss of 1,700 jobs in hospitality in November. Still, jobs in that category were up by 3,200 over the previous year.