Jobless Rate Drops in Delaware and Virginia

Dec 22, 2014

Credit Don Rush

DOVER, Del. (AP) - A newly released labor report shows Delaware's unemployment rate fell from 6.4 percent in October to 6 percent in November.

The report, released on Friday, says Delaware added 3,200 new jobs in November, and that the unemployment rate in the state has dropped significantly in the past few years. The report says Delaware was named fourth in the nation in job growth over the past 12 months, trailing only North Dakota, Utah and Texas. The report says employers in Delaware added 12,300 new jobs between November 2013 and October 2014.

Gov. Jack Markell said in a written statement that the numbers are "encouraging," and that the state is "making good progress."

Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Employment Commission says the state's jobless rate fell to 5 percent in November, marking the lowest rate in seven months.

The state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was down from 5.3 percent in October and down from 5.3 percent a year ago.

Increases were seen in professional and business services, professional, scientific, and technical services, management, leisure and hospitality, trade and transportation, manufacturing, government and finance.

Jobs decreases were seen in industries including administrative and support services, construction, private education and health services, information, mining and miscellaneous services.

The Labor Department says unemployment rates fell in 41 U.S. states in November, rose in three states and were unchanged in six.

The national unemployment rate was 5.8 percent.