For Release: Monday, August 10, 2020
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Unemployment on the Delmarva Peninsula by County – June 2020
Unemployment Rates in All 14 Counties Increased Over the Year
In June, Kent County, DE, had the highest unemployment rate on the Delmarva Peninsula at 14.1 percent, the
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Sheila Watkins, the Bureau’s regional commissioner, noted that
3 of the 14 Delmarva Peninsula counties had jobless rates higher than the 11.2-percent U.S. average.
Worcester, MD, had a jobless rate equal to the national rate, while the remaining 10 counties had jobless rates
ranging from 9.8 percent in Northampton, VA, to 6.4 percent in Caroline, MD. (See chart 1. All data in this
release are not seasonally adjusted; accordingly, over-the-year analysis is used throughout.)
All 14 counties on the Delmarva Peninsula had unemployment rate increases from June 2019 to June 2020.
(See table A.) The three Delaware counties had the largest jobless rate increases over the year, all exceeding
the U.S. rate increase of 7.4 percentage points. Increases in the remaining counties ranged from 2.6 percentage
points in Caroline, MD, to 5.9 points in both Northampton, VA, and Worcester, MD.
(1) Data for Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and counties on the Delmarva Peninsula are preliminary for the most recent month.
Unemployment rates in all 14 Delmarva Peninsula counties in June 2020 were higher than in June 2018. Kent
County, DE, had the largest two-year jobless rate increase (+9.3 percentage points). Eleven area counties had
unemployment rate increases smaller than U.S. rate increase of 7.0 percentage points over the two-year period.
The Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment news release for July is scheduled to be
released on Wednesday, September 2, 2020, at 10:00 a.m.