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Unemployment on the Delmarva Peninsula by County – March 2014

All 14 Counties Posted Lower Unemployment Rates than the Previous Year

In March, Worcester County, Md., had the highest unemployment rate on the Delmarva Peninsula1 at 13.4 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Sheila Watkins, the Bureau’s regional commissioner, noted that 8 of the 14 Delmarva Peninsula counties posted jobless rates greater than the 6.8-percent U.S. average. The remaining six counties had jobless rates below the national average, with the lowest rate being 5.6 percent in Queen Anne’s County, Md. (See chart 1 and chart 2.) All data in this release are not seasonally adjusted; accordingly, over-the-year analysis is used throughout.)

Chart 1. Unemployment rates for the United States and counties on the Delmarva Peninsula, March 2014, not seasonally adjusted

All counties on the Delmarva Peninsula recorded unemployment rate decreases from March 2013 to March 2014, with Somerset Md., recording the largest decline at 1.7 percentage points. Eight other counties had jobless rate decreases larger than or equal to the national decline of 0.8 percentage point. Five counties had decreases of 0.7 percentage point or smaller, with Accomack, Va., posting the smallest decline at 0.2 point. (See table A.)

Table A. Unemployment rates for the United States, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and counties on the Delmarva Peninsula, not seasonally adjusted

Unemployment rates
Net change from
2014 (1)
Mar 2012
Mar 2014 (1)
Mar 2013
Mar 2014 (1)

United States

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8.4 7.6 6.8 -1.6 -0.8


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7.3 7.0 6.2 -1.1 -0.8


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7.5 7.3 6.6 -0.9 -0.7

New Castle

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7.0 6.7 5.9 -1.1 -0.8


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8.1 7.8 6.6 -1.5 -1.2


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6.8 6.7 5.8 -1.0 -0.9


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8.6 7.6 6.9 -1.7 -0.7


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8.3 8.7 7.2 -1.1 -1.5


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10.9 10.4 8.9 -2.0 -1.5


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7.9 7.8 7.1 -0.8 -0.7

Queen Anne's

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6.8 6.3 5.6 -1.2 -0.7


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11.1 10.7 9.0 -2.1 -1.7


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8.2 7.6 6.5 -1.7 -1.1


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9.0 8.6 7.7 -1.3 -0.9


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15.0 14.7 13.4 -1.6 -1.3


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5.9 5.5 5.3 -0.6 -0.2


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7.5 6.7 6.5 -1.0 -0.2


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9.2 9.6 8.0 -1.2 -1.6

(1) Data for Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and counties on the Delmarva Peninsula are preliminary for the most recent month.

Jobless rates in all 14 Delmarva Peninsula counties in March 2014 were lower than their March 2012 levels. The decreases in four counties in Maryland, Somerset (-2.1 percentage points), Dorchester (-2.0 percentage points); and Caroline and Talbot (-1.7 percent points each), exceeded the national decline of 1.6 points. The rate decrease in Worcester, Md., matched the national decrease; the remaining unemployment rate declines since March 2012 ranged from 1.5 percentage points in Sussex, Del., to 0.8 point in Kent, Md.


1The Delmarva Peninsula, located on the east coast of the United States, comprises Delaware and portions of Maryland and Virginia. The Delmarva Peninsula includes Kent, New Castle, and Sussex Counties in Delaware; Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties in Maryland; and Accomack and Northampton Counties in Virginia.

Technical Note

This release presents unemployment rate data for states and counties from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program, a federal-state cooperative endeavor.

Definitions. The labor force and unemployment data are based on the same concepts and definitions as those used for the official national estimates obtained from the Current Population Survey (CPS), a sample survey of households that is conducted for the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) by the U.S. Census Bureau. The LAUS program measures employment and unemployment on a place-of-residence basis. The universe for each is the civilian noninstitutional population 16 years of age and over. Employed persons are those who did any work at all for pay or profit in the reference week (the week including the 12th of the month) or worked 15 hours or more without pay in a family business or farm, plus those not working who had a job from which they were temporarily absent, whether or not paid, for such reasons as labor-management dispute, illness, or vacation. Unemployed persons are those who were not employed during the reference week (based on the definition above), had actively looked for a job sometime in the 4-week period ending with the reference week, and were currently available for work; persons on layoff expecting recall need not be looking for work to be counted as unemployed. The labor force is the sum of employed and unemployed persons. The unemployment rate is the number of unemployed as a percent of the labor force.

Method of estimation. Estimates for the substate areas in this release are prepared through indirect estimation procedures using a building-block approach. Employment estimates, which are based largely on “place of work” estimates from the Current Employment Statistics (CES) program, are adjusted to refer to place of residence as used in the CPS. Unemployment estimates are aggregates of persons previously employed in industries covered by state unemployment insurance (UI) laws and entrants to the labor force data from the CPS. The substate estimates of employment and unemployment, which geographically exhaust the entire state, are adjusted proportionally to ensure that they add to the independently estimated state or balance-of-state totals. A detailed description of the estimation procedures is available from BLS upon request.

Annual revisions. Labor force and unemployment data for prior years reflect adjustments made at the end of each year, usually implemented with January estimates. The adjusted estimates reflect updated population data from the U.S. Census Bureau, any revisions in the other data sources, and model reestimation.

Information in this release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone: (202) 691-5200; Federal Relay Service: (800) 877-8339.

Chart 2. Unemployment rates for counties on the Delmarva Peninsula, not seasonally adjusted, March 2014

Last Modified Date: June 2, 2014

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