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Delaware’s unemployment rate was lower in March

The unemployment rate in the First State fell a lot last month.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.9% in March – down from 4.0% in February, and exactly the same as in March 2023.

The US unemployment rate also fell to 3.8% last month, but that is higher than a year ago, when it was 3.5%.

Unemployment rates in the region varied, as New Castle County remained stable, but Wilmington and Sussex County declined in March. Newark, Kent County and Dover were all on the rise. These rates are not seasonally adjusted.

There were 20,000 unemployed Delawareans last month, up from 19,500 last March.

In terms of non-farm jobs, there was an increase of 600 to 488,500 last month, and since March 2023 there has been a net gain of 5,000 or a 1% increase. This lags behind the national job growth of 1.9% in that period.

Over the past year, both the private education and health care sectors and the government, especially at the state and local level, have driven job growth locally.