Delaware Unemployment Rates Information

Unemployment Rates In Delaware

According to the Delaware Department of Labor, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate of Delaware as of December 2013 is 6.2 percent. This rate has decreased consecutively every year since 2010.

  • 2010: 8 percent
  • 2011: 7.4 percent
  • 2012: 7.1 percent
  • 2013: 6.7 percent

The National Rate for unemployment is 6.7 percent.

Delaware’s labor force of residents is 439,491 with 412,095 employed and 27,396 unemployed.

*All data is seasonally adjusted.

Unemployment Rates by Areas

  • Wilmington Metropolitan Division: 6.0 percent
  • Kent County (Dover MSA): 6.0 percent
  • New Castle County: 5.7 percent
  • Sussex County: 6.4 percent
  • Wilmington (City): 8.3 percent
  • Newark (City): 5.3 percent
  • Dover (City): 7.1 percent

*Data not seasonally adjusted.

Industries with Highest Employment

  • Health care and social assistance: 61,033
  • Total government: 60,911
  • Retail trade: 51,404
  • Finance and insurance: 38,444
  • Accommodations and food services: 37,361

*Data from September 2013.

Industries with Lowest Employment

  • Real state and rental and leasing: 5,685
  • Federal Government: 5,571
  • Information: 5,195
  • Educational services: 4,394
  • Utilities: 2,083

*Data from September 2013.

The Delaware Department of Labor offers a variety of tools to help individuals find and offer jobs.

Delaware JobLink lets you open a Job Seeker account to conduct job searches, build an online resume, register with a One-Stop Center and more. This website can also be used by employers. You can create an Employer account to post job openings, search for resumes online and receive email notifications of job seekers. To access JobLink, visit:

Other useful resources provided by the Department, include:

  • Career Planning
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • School and Training
  • One-Stop Centers

Visit JobLink to find the above.

Furthermore, the Office of Labor Law Enforcement serves to ensure fair treatment in the workplace administering state and federal laws. If you have a question about wage payment, minimum wage, child labor or prevailing wages, contact the office at:

  • Pencader: 302-451-3423
  • Wilmington: 302-761-8200
  • Milford: 302-422-1134 is a privately owned website that is not owned or operated by any government agency.