For Release: Wednesday, February 19, 2020
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Unemployment on the Delmarva Peninsula by County – December 2019
Unemployment Rates in 11 of 14 Counties Declined Over the Year
In December, Worcester County, MD, had the highest unemployment rate on the Delmarva Peninsula at 9.4
percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Sheila Watkins, the Bureau’s regional
commissioner, noted that 9 of the 14 Delmarva Peninsula counties had jobless rates higher than the 3.4-percent
U.S. average. The five remaining counties had jobless rates ranging from 3.3 percent in New Castle, DE, to
2.6 percent in Queen Anne’s, MD. (See chart 1 and chart 2. All data in this release are not seasonally adjusted;
accordingly, over-the-year analysis is used throughout.)
Eleven of the 14 counties on the Delmarva Peninsula had unemployment rate decreases from December 2018
to December 2019, with declines in 10 area counties equal to or greater than the national decline of 0.3
percentage point. (See table A.) Worcester County, MD, had the largest over-the-year decrease at 1.8
percentage points, while the smallest jobless rate decline was in Queen Anne’s County, MD, down 0.2 point
since December 2018. The three Delaware counties—Kent, New Castle, and Sussex—had rate increases over
(1) Data for Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and counties on the Delmarva Peninsula are preliminary for the most recent month.
The unemployment rates in all 14 Delmarva Peninsula counties in December 2019 were lower than in
December 2017. Worcester County, MD, had the largest two-year jobless rate decrease (-3.4 percentage
points). The three Delaware counties had unemployment rate declines that were smaller than the nation’s 0.5-
percentage point rate decline.
The Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment