Delaware Q4, 2019 Employment Statistics

  • 34,553 employers, up 2.1% from 33,841
  • 455,294 employees, up 0.9% from 450,954
  • $1,136 average weekly wage, up 2.6% from $1,107
  • The average weekly wage is 4.1% 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 712, which is an increase of 2.1%. The number of employees in Delaware increased by 4,340, an increase of 0.9%. During this same period, the average weekly wage increased by $29, an increase of 2.6%.

The number of private employers increased since last years' Q1. The number of private businesses increased by 708 or 2.1%. Growth in private businesses in Delaware grew slower than the national average of 2.5%. The number of employees in these businesses increased since last years' Q1, increasing by 3,266 or 0.9%. The growth in employees of private businesses in Delaware was slower than the national average of 1.2%.

The average weekly wage of employees of private businesses increased since last years' Q1. The averge weekly wage increased by $33 or 3.0%. 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 15.8% of the businesses in the state. The number of businesses in this sector increased by 4.3%. Healthcare (14.4%), which increased by 3.2% and Retail trade (10.3%), which decreased by 0.7%, round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Business Change %
SectorChange Biz% Change
Mining and oil extraction114.3%
Information5010.9%
Transport and warehousing506.0%
Waste services1425.2%
Arts and entertainment225.1%
Utilities24.4%
Professional services2254.3%
Educational services143.5%
Healthcare1553.2%
Construction792.7%
Agriculture and forestry42.4%
Wholesale trade542.2%
Real estate and rental151.4%
Finance and insurance181.0%
Accommodation and food services00.0%
Manufacturing-4-0.6%
Retail trade-24-0.7%
Other services-25-1.2%
Company management-71-5.8%


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 0.5% in the last year. Retail trade (11.5%), decreased by 3.3% and Finance and insurance (9.4%), increased by 1.6%, round out the top 3 sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Employee Change %
SectorEmployee Change% Change
Transport and warehousing1,54110.8%
Arts and entertainment5906.6%
Company management4596.0%
Real estate and rental2434.5%
Waste services1,2884.3%
Other services2992.5%
Wholesale trade2182.0%
Finance and insurance6711.6%
Accommodation and food services4471.1%
Healthcare3440.5%
Manufacturing770.3%
Construction460.2%
Agriculture and forestry00.0%
Mining and oil extraction00.0%
Educational services10.0%
Utilities-21-1.0%
Information-38-1.0%
Retail trade-1,780-3.3%
Professional services-998-3.7%


Average Weekly Wage by Sector

The sector that pays their employees the highest is Company management paying $2,544per week compared with the state average of $1,143. Weekly wages in this sector declined by $19 or 0.7%. Professional services ($2,225), rose by $83 or 3.9% and Utilities ($2,153) increased by $89 or 4.3% round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Weekly Wage Change %
SectorWage ChangeChange %
Real estate and rental$797.1%
Healthcare$575.2%
Accommodation and food services$194.9%
Construction$614.9%
Retail trade$274.6%
Finance and insurance$754.3%
Utilities$894.3%
Professional services$833.9%
Other services$223.2%
Wholesale trade$332.2%
Educational services$131.4%
Arts and entertainment$71.4%
Information$100.8%
Mining and oil extraction$00.0%
Agriculture and forestry$00.0%
Manufacturing$-2-0.2%
Company management$-19-0.7%
Waste services$-22-2.6%
Transport and warehousing$-36-3.8%


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 7.7% of the businesses in the state (with 2,663 employing 5,315 workers). The Services for the elderly and disabled industry had 134 more businesses, an increase of 5.3% in the last year. Computer systems design and related services (5.9% of businesses) added 79 businesses, an increase of 4.1% and Restaurants and other eating places (5.4% of businesses) added 10 businesses, an increase of 0.5% round out the 3 industries with the most businesses.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change %
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Pension funds2100.0%
Industrial machinery manufacturing2100.0%
Taxi service457.1%
Other consumer goods rental2251.2%
Other farm product raw material merch. whls.350.0%
Advertising material distribution services1346.4%
Electrical equipment manufacturing233.3%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change #
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Services for the elderly and disabled1345.3%
Computer systems design and related services794.1%
Temporary help services649.2%
Management consulting services637.2%
Office administrative services5312.5%
Accounting and bookkeeping services306.0%
Offices of real estate agents and brokers236.6%


Employees by Industry

Computer systems design and related services (5.9% of employees) added 79 employees, an increase of 4.1% and Restaurants and other eating places (5.4% ofemployees) added 10 employees, an increase of 0.5% round out the 3 industries with the most employees.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change %
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Electrical equipment manufacturing106467.3%
Facilities support services192409.1%
Other farm product raw material merch. whls.84297.7%
Local messengers and local delivery496269.0%
Reinsurance carriers6105.6%
Mobile food services4676.9%
Home and garden equip. and appliance repair4572.1%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change #
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Other nondepository credit intermediation1,13041.5%
Temporary help services1,0249.7%
Services for the elderly and disabled50310.4%
Local messengers and local delivery496269.0%
Management of companies and enterprises4596.0%
General medical and surgical hospitals4301.8%
Food service contractors41023.8%


Average Weekly Wage by Industry

The industry that pays their employees the most is Offices of lawyers, paying $3,945 compared with the state average of $1,143. Employees in the Offices of lawyers industry were paid $113 more per week, an increase of 2.9% in the last year. Public relations agencies ($3,703) and Mortgage and nonmortgage loan brokers ($3,098) round out the top 3 industries. Employees in the Public relations agencies ($3,703 per week) were paid $294 more per week, an increase of 8.6% and Mortgage and nonmortgage loan brokers ($3,098 per week) were paid $229 more per week, an increase of 8.0% round out the 3 industries that pay their employees the most.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change %
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
All other personal services$45068.1%
Paint and supplies merchant wholesalers$72356.4%
Vegetable and melon farming$29641.4%
Women's and children's clothing merch. whls.$28138.4%
Packaged frozen food merchant wholesalers$52336.5%
Passenger car rental and leasing$25333.1%
Spectator sports$29130.4%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change $
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Paint and supplies merchant wholesalers$72356.4%
Packaged frozen food merchant wholesalers$52336.5%
All other personal services$45068.1%
Investment advice$40219.5%
Software publishers$37616.9%
Piece goods merchant wholesalers$31418.3%
Research and development in the physical engineering and life sciences$30811.8%


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 91.2%. (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 disabled2,6635.3%
Computer systems design and related services2,0264.1%
Restaurants and other eating places1,8650.5%
Management of companies and enterprises1,151-5.8%
Management consulting services9357.2%
Temporary help services7579.2%
Residential building construction7392.1%
Offices of physicians652-0.8%
Accounting and bookkeeping services5276.0%
Wholesale trade agents and brokers488-7.0%


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 places33,9960.5%
General medical and surgical hospitals24,1021.8%
Credit card issuing14,5201.2%
Temporary help services11,5339.7%
Animal slaughtering and processing8,490-1.3%
Management of companies and enterprises8,0726.0%
Offices of physicians7,618-1.9%
Supermarkets and other grocery stores6,778-4.6%
Commercial banking6,5486.6%
General merchandise stores including warehouse clubs and supercenters6,5270.3%


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

Table: Top 10 Industries by Weekly Wage
IndustryWkly Wages% Change
Offices of lawyers$3,9452.9%
Public relations agencies$3,7038.6%
Mortgage and nonmortgage loan brokers$3,0988.0%
Other const. material merchant wholesalers$2,954-0.2%
Research and development in the physical engineering and life sciences$2,92111.8%
Credit bureaus$2,783-0.9%
Plastics materials merchant wholesalers$2,6943.7%
Electrical equipment manufacturing$2,6547.0%
Software publishers$2,60216.9%
Reinsurance carriers$2,566-28.5%




Data Sources




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.