Delaware Q1, 2019 Employment Statistics

  • 33,237 employers, up 2.9% from 32,305
  • 442,044 employees, up 1.3% from 436,300
  • The average weekly wage is 1.3% above the national average
  • The cost of living is 6.0% above the national average

Employer & Employee Growth

In the last year, the number of employers in the state increased by 932, which is an increase of 2.9%. The number of employees in Delaware increased by 5,744, an increase of 1.3%. During this same period, the average weekly declined by $2, a decline of 0.2%.

The number of private employers increased since last years' Q1. The number of private businesses increased by 935 or 2.9%. Growth in private businesses in Delaware grew slower than the national average of 3.0%. The number of employees in these businesses increased since last years' Q1, increasing by 4,841 or 1.3%. The growth in employees of private businesses in Delaware was slower than the national average of 1.7%.

The average weekly wage of employees of private businesses decreased since last years' Q1. The averge weekly wage declined by $7 or 0.6%. Growth in average weekly wage of employees of private businesses in Delaware grew slower than the national average of 3.0%.


Leading Sectors

Businesses by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of businesses in the state is Professional services with 15.4% of the businesses in the state. The number of businesses in this sector increased by 5.6%. Healthcare (14.2%), which increased by 5.0% and Retail trade (10.6%), which decreased by 0.2%, round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Business Change %
SectorChange Biz% Change
Mining and oil extraction233.3%
Information4912.0%
Waste services1475.7%
Professional services2705.6%
Healthcare2265.0%
Utilities24.4%
Construction1184.2%
Real estate and rental292.8%
Wholesale trade652.7%
Transport and warehousing202.5%
Accommodation and food services462.1%
Educational services71.8%
Agriculture and forestry21.2%
Arts and entertainment41.0%
Finance and insurance40.2%
Retail trade-6-0.2%
Other services-4-0.2%
Manufacturing-4-0.6%
Company management-42-3.4%


Employees by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of employees in the state is Healthcare with 16.1% of the employees in the state, had an increase in employees of 2.0% in the last year. Retail trade (11.6%), decreased by 1.4% and Finance and insurance (9.5%), decreased by 0.1%, round out the top 3 sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Employee Change %
SectorEmployee Change% Change
Other services1,67014.3%
Transport and warehousing1,2239.4%
Construction1,3836.6%
Wholesale trade2502.4%
Healthcare1,3972.0%
Manufacturing3881.5%
Real estate and rental651.3%
Accommodation and food services4691.2%
Waste services3091.1%
Professional services40.0%
Agriculture and forestry00.0%
Mining and oil extraction00.0%
Finance and insurance-43-0.1%
Educational services-4-0.1%
Retail trade-710-1.4%
Utilities-49-2.3%
Company management-294-3.7%
Information-287-6.8%
Arts and entertainment-895-11.4%


Average Weekly Wage by Sector

The sector that pays their employees the highest is Company management paying $3,760per week compared with the state average of $1,206. Weekly wages in this sector declined by $222 or 5.6%. Utilities ($2,806), rose by $69 or 2.5% and Finance and insurance ($2,616) declined by $49 or 1.8% round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Weekly Wage Change %
SectorWage ChangeChange %
Information$15711.6%
Arts and entertainment$5411.5%
Manufacturing$705.5%
Accommodation and food services$195.2%
Real estate and rental$495.0%
Construction$413.7%
Wholesale trade$453.1%
Educational services$273.1%
Utilities$692.5%
Retail trade$132.3%
Transport and warehousing$172.0%
Waste services$101.2%
Mining and oil extraction$00.0%
Agriculture and forestry$00.0%
Healthcare$-5-0.5%
Finance and insurance$-49-1.8%
Other services$-28-4.3%
Professional services$-102-5.0%
Company management$-222-5.6%


Leading Industries

Businesses by Industry

Each broad sector is made up of specific industries. In Delaware. the industry with the most businesses is Services for the elderly and disabled with 7.4% of the businesses in the state (with 2,449 employing 5,060 workers). The Services for the elderly and disabled industry had 240 more businesses, an increase of 10.9% in the last year. Computer systems design and related services (5.7% of businesses) added 102 businesses, an increase of 5.7% and Restaurants and other eating places (5.5% of businesses) added 57 businesses, an increase of 3.2% round out the 3 industries with the most businesses.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change %
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Electrical equipment manufacturing375.0%
Satellite telecommunications266.7%
Advertising material distribution services1164.7%
Other consumer goods rental2357.5%
Chocolate and confectionery manufacturing150.0%
Other support activities for road transport.342.9%
Software publishers2442.9%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change #
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Services for the elderly and disabled24010.9%
Computer systems design and related services1025.7%
Temporary help services6810.8%
Management consulting services668.4%
Restaurants and other eating places573.2%
Office administrative services4211.1%
Engineering services3713.0%


Employees by Industry

Computer systems design and related services (5.7% of employees) added 102 employees, an increase of 5.7% and Restaurants and other eating places (5.5% ofemployees) added 57 employees, an increase of 3.2% round out the 3 industries with the most employees.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change %
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Facilities support services205470.4%
Other support activities for road transport.34292.5%
Other farm product raw material merch. whls.80265.0%
Charter bus industry50161.7%
Civic and social organizations1,574156.1%
Other nondepository credit intermediation1,79598.0%
Used motor vehicle parts merchant wholesalers2192.6%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change #
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Other nondepository credit intermediation1,79598.0%
Civic and social organizations1,574156.1%
Restaurants and other eating places6812.1%
General medical and surgical hospitals6462.8%
Services for the elderly and disabled52711.6%
Plumbing and hvac contractors4089.7%
Credit card issuing3412.4%


Average Weekly Wage by Industry

Computer systems design and related services ($6) and Restaurants and other eating places ($5) round out the top 3 industries. Employees in the Computer systems design and related services ($6 per week) were paid $102 more per week, an increase of 5.7% and Restaurants and other eating places ($5 per week) were paid $57 more per week, an increase of 3.2% round out the 3 industries that pay their employees the most.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change %
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Fruit and vegetable canning and drying$563101.1%
Art dealers$33183.0%
Computer and peripheral equipment mfg.$84271.5%
Other basic organic chemical manufacturing$97743.2%
Marketing research and public opinion polling$34139.7%
Religious organizations$37936.3%
Data processing hosting and related services$55632.8%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change $
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Other basic organic chemical manufacturing$97743.2%
Credit bureaus$94627.5%
Computer and peripheral equipment mfg.$84271.5%
Software publishers$60123.9%
Appliance and electronics merchant whls.$56532.0%
Fruit and vegetable canning and drying$563101.1%
Data processing hosting and related services$55632.8%


Company Size

Delaware Businesses by Size

The solopreneur company, has the most businesses in Delaware by far. 68.0% of all businesses in the state have fewer than 5 employees. The 31,334 small businesses in the state represent 96.0% of all private businesses. The national average is 92.9%. (Small businesses have fewer than 50 employees, Solopreneurs employ fewer than 5.) Delaware added 935 businesses in the last year, an increase of 2.9% as compared to the national average of 3.0%.

Small businesses are defined as companies with fewer than 50 employees. These small businesses added 912 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 3.0% as compared to the national average of 3.1%.

Mid-sized businesses are defined as companies with between 50 and 499 employees. These mid-sized businesses added 21 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 1.7% as compared to the national average of 1.3%.

Large businesses are defined as companies with more than 500 employees. These large businesses added 2 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 3.7% as compared to the national average of 2.1%.



Delaware Employees by Business Size

Delaware added 14,522 employees in the last year, an increase of 4.0% as compared to the national average of 5.2%. Small businesses are defined as companies with fewer than 50 employees. These small businesses added 2,913 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 10.2% as compared to the national average of 4.2%.

Mid-sized businesses are defined as companies with between 50 and 499 employees. Mid-sized businesses added 3,530 employees in the last year, which is an increase of 2.5% as compared to the national average of 4.7%.

Large businesses are defined as companies with more than 500 employees. Large businesses added 8,079 employees in the last year, which is an increase of 11.7% as compared to the national average of 9.2%.

Delaware Avg Weekly Wages by Business Size

The smallest companies in Delaware (those with fewer than 5 employees) pay workers 14.2% more than the national average ($1,171 per week as compared to the national average of $1,005 per week). The largest companies in Delaware (those with more than 1,000 employees) pay 20.0% workers below the national average ($1,594 per week as compared to the national average of $1,913 per week).

Average weekly wages in small businesses added $104 per week in the last year, which is an increase of 2.7% as compared to the national average of 3.1%. Employees of mid-sized businesses added $42 in wages per week in the last year, which is an increase of 1.2% as compared to the national average of 1.3%.

Employees of large businesses added $-168 of weekly wages in the last year, which is an increase of -4.1% as compared to the national average of 2.1%.



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About the Writer

This page was created and is maintained by Kurt Tietjen, Founder of Stavera, High Peak Media & HomeGearWorks.com. Kurt is an executive, data scientist and software engineer who holds an MBA in Management Information Systems. In 2010, he partnered with scientists at Northwestern University to launch The Street Wire. This was one of the first mainstream uses of what would become “Narrative Science”, an artificial intelligence platform specializing in natural language generation. You can contact Kurt on LinkedIn here.