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Delaware Unemployment Statistics & News
Delaware Unemployment Stats and News
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As of August 2016, 4.3 percent of Delaware workers were unemployed. The state average unemployment rate was 4.2 percent for 2016, to date. Delaware's unemployment stats are below the national average, currently 4.9 percent.
The average duration of unemployment in Delaware is down to 14.6 weeks, below the average time of 24.5 weeks during the height of the 2010, recession, but still higher than pre-recession averages.
Employment stats are positive in counties across the state, with unemployment rates falling in most counties.
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The United States Department of Labor has awarded the Delaware Department of Labor a $693,357 grant to assist dislocated workers. The state's Department of Labor will use the grant in the development of a new internet application that will be integrated with Delaware's existing JobLink infrastructure.
The application will be a way to help workers respond to changes in their employment and apply to new opportunities. The motivation for the development of the new program was the downsizing at DuPont earlier this year, but it's expected to be applied for a wide range of uses once development is finalized.
“This new system will be more user friendly and will help individuals think about new ways that they can apply skills they have developed in a previous job,” said Secretary of Labor Patrice Gilliam. “Our rapid response teams at the Department of Labor provide significant support and resources to impacted workers, but we can always do more. It's particularly important that our online portals are as effective as possible in reaching these individuals and we are excited about taking this next step.”