Change Indicator

Unemployment in Delaware


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Note: Non-consecutive years appear adjacent in the trend line
because one or more years have been deselected.

Why This Indicator Matters

Unemployment is a pervasive issue in the United States, and parental unemployment has a direct effect on a child's economic stability and overall well-being. Without full-time employment of at least one parent, a child's basic needs can be extremely difficult to meet. Many families across the nation fall under the category of "working poor," a term that denotes families with working parents who live in poverty because their wages are not enough to cover basic needs including food, housing and stable child care. Secure employment improves family life by providing stability and reducing the stress level generated by unemployment. A high income is associated with numerous positive outcomes for children including better health, academic achievement and financial well-being later in life, all of which generate a brighter collective future for us all.
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Definition and Source



Percent unemployed as of December 1 in given year

Data Source

Delaware Department of Labor in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics


Area rates are not seasonally adjusted

Last Updated

February 2024