Delaware Q2, 2019 Employment Statistics

  • 33,767 employers, up 2.6% from 32,907
  • 453,879 employees, up 1.0% from 449,621
  • $1,057 average weekly wage, up 3.4% from $1,022
  • The average weekly wage is 3.5% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 8.1% above the national average

Employer & Employee Growth

In the last year, the number of employers in the state increased by 860, which is an increase of 2.6%. The number of employees in Delaware increased by 4,258, an increase of 1.0%. During this same period, the average weekly wage increased by $35, an increase of 3.4%.

The number of private employers increased since last years' Q1. The number of private businesses increased by 862 or 2.7%. Growth in private businesses in Delaware grew slower than the national average of 2.9%. The number of employees in these businesses increased since last years' Q1, increasing by 3,773 or 1.0%. The growth in employees of private businesses in Delaware was slower than the national average of 1.4%.

The average weekly wage of employees of private businesses increased since last years' Q1. The averge weekly wage increased by $35 or 3.4%. Growth in average weekly wage of employees of private businesses in Delaware grew slower than the national average of 3.8%.


Leading Sectors

Businesses by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of businesses in the state is Professional services with 15.5% of the businesses in the state. The number of businesses in this sector increased by 5.4%. Healthcare (14.3%), which increased by 4.7% and Retail trade (10.5%), which increased by 0.3%, round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Business Change %
SectorChange Biz% Change
Mining and oil extraction233.3%
Information5212.2%
Waste services1445.4%
Arts and entertainment235.4%
Professional services2685.4%
Healthcare2164.7%
Construction1073.8%
Transport and warehousing232.8%
Educational services112.8%
Wholesale trade592.4%
Accommodation and food services532.4%
Utilities12.2%
Real estate and rental201.9%
Agriculture and forestry10.6%
Retail trade100.3%
Manufacturing-1-0.2%
Finance and insurance-12-0.7%
Other services-46-2.2%
Company management-69-5.6%


Employees by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of employees in the state is Healthcare with 15.8% of the employees in the state, had an increase in employees of 2.0% in the last year. Retail trade (11.5%), decreased by 2.3% and Accommodation and food services (9.8%), increased by 1.3%, round out the top 3 sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Employee Change %
SectorEmployee Change% Change
Transport and warehousing1,1578.9%
Arts and entertainment7067.4%
Construction8723.9%
Healthcare1,3912.0%
Wholesale trade2111.9%
Professional services4761.8%
Real estate and rental891.7%
Accommodation and food services5831.3%
Other services1311.1%
Manufacturing2731.0%
Agriculture and forestry00.0%
Mining and oil extraction00.0%
Finance and insurance-58-0.1%
Waste services-103-0.3%
Utilities-43-2.0%
Retail trade-1,223-2.3%
Educational services-154-3.0%
Company management-249-3.3%
Information-263-6.4%


Average Weekly Wage by Sector

The sector that pays their employees the highest is Company management paying $2,567per week compared with the state average of $1,055. Weekly wages in this sector rose by $3 or 0.1%. Utilities ($2,072), rose by $33 or 1.6% and Professional services ($1,870) increased by $18 or 1.0% round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Weekly Wage Change %
SectorWage ChangeChange %
Information$978.2%
Real estate and rental$636.4%
Transport and warehousing$535.7%
Accommodation and food services$205.5%
Construction$605.4%
Wholesale trade$654.9%
Finance and insurance$764.6%
Retail trade$244.3%
Educational services$333.9%
Healthcare$343.4%
Waste services$273.4%
Other services$182.8%
Manufacturing$292.5%
Utilities$331.6%
Professional services$181.0%
Arts and entertainment$10.2%
Company management$30.1%
Mining and oil extraction$00.0%
Agriculture and forestry$00.0%


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 7.5% of the businesses in the state (with 2,529 employing 5,146 workers). The Services for the elderly and disabled industry had 203 more businesses, an increase of 8.7% in the last year. Computer systems design and related services (5.7% of businesses) added 85 businesses, an increase of 4.6% and Restaurants and other eating places (5.5% of businesses) added 58 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 manufacturing4100.0%
Trusts estates and agency accounts10100.0%
Other hospitals3100.0%
Industrial gas manufacturing375.0%
Other consumer goods rental2458.5%
Advertising material distribution services1047.6%
Junior colleges240.0%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change #
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Services for the elderly and disabled2038.7%
Computer systems design and related services854.6%
Management consulting services728.9%
Temporary help services629.5%
Restaurants and other eating places583.2%
Office administrative services4611.6%
Engineering services3913.4%


Employees by Industry

Computer systems design and related services (5.7% of employees) added 85 employees, an increase of 4.6% and Restaurants and other eating places (5.5% ofemployees) added 58 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 services187382.7%
Other support activities for road transport.37286.3%
Other farm product raw material merch. whls.84274.3%
Charter bus industry52144.9%
Ophthalmic goods merchant wholesalers4133.3%
Reinsurance carriers7126.7%
Local messengers and local delivery181119.7%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change #
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Other nondepository credit intermediation1,12143.2%
General medical and surgical hospitals6933.0%
Services for the elderly and disabled62013.7%
Restaurants and other eating places6161.7%
Plumbing and hvac contractors44610.4%
Research and development in the physical engineering and life sciences39113.0%
Golf courses and country clubs38623.9%


Average Weekly Wage by Industry

The industry that pays their employees the most is Credit bureaus, paying $4,076 compared with the state average of $1,055. The Credit bureaus industry paid their employees $873 less per week, a decline of 17.6% in the last year. Satellite telecommunications ($2,848) and Offices of lawyers ($2,769) round out the top 3 industries. Employees in the Satellite telecommunications ($2,848 per week) were paid $0 more per week, an increase of 0.0% and Offices of lawyers ($2,769 per week) were paid $1 more per week, an increase of 0.0% round out the 3 industries that pay their employees the most.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change %
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Freight transportation arrangement$1,455124.4%
Trusts estates and agency accounts$82100.0%
Agents and managers for public figures$76787.8%
All other personal services$40468.1%
Other financial vehicles$18954.0%
Passenger car rental and leasing$29741.8%
Data processing hosting and related services$60037.8%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change $
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Freight transportation arrangement$1,455124.4%
Agents and managers for public figures$76787.8%
Data processing hosting and related services$60037.8%
All other personal services$40468.1%
Other legal services$39928.6%
Software publishers$34314.2%
Other const. material merchant wholesalers$34116.3%


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 92.4%. (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%.

Top Industries for Business and Employment

The table below illustrates the largest industries in the state, by number of businesses:

Table: Top 10 Industries by # of Businesses
Industry# Businesses% Change
Services for the elderly and disabled2,5298.7%
Computer systems design and related services1,9404.6%
Restaurants and other eating places1,8583.2%
Management of companies and enterprises1,167-5.6%
Management consulting services8818.9%
Residential building construction7244.0%
Temporary help services7169.5%
Offices of physicians654-1.1%
Wholesale trade agents and brokers506-5.6%
Accounting and bookkeeping services5066.5%


The table below illustrates the largest industries in the state, by number of employees:

Table: Top 10 Industries by # of Employees
Industry# Employees% Change
Restaurants and other eating places36,6371.7%
General medical and surgical hospitals23,9623.0%
Credit card issuing14,5061.8%
Temporary help services8,844-3.8%
Animal slaughtering and processing8,414-1.4%
Offices of physicians7,6660.2%
Management of companies and enterprises7,330-3.3%
Supermarkets and other grocery stores7,2582.3%
Commercial banking6,4083.8%
General merchandise stores including warehouse clubs and supercenters6,047-4.1%


The table below illustrates the largest industries in the state, by highest wages:

Table: Top 10 Industries by Weekly Wage
IndustryWkly Wages% Change
Credit bureaus$4,076-17.6%
Satellite telecommunications$2,8480.0%
Offices of lawyers$2,7690.0%
Software publishers$2,76014.2%
Freight transportation arrangement$2,625124.4%
Management of companies and enterprises$2,5670.1%
Electric power generation$2,461-1.0%
Other const. material merchant wholesalers$2,43716.3%
Securities brokerage$2,421-0.9%
Reinsurance carriers$2,3901.7%




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