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DuPont Company will receive $7.5 million from New Castle County in new economic development funds.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the money comes from tax reserves and will be paid out in annual installments over the next five years.

The paper adds that there is no plan for DuPont to repay the county.

Dow and Dupont are in the middle of a $130 billion merger and they have also received $9.6 million from the state government coffers.

County officials say the money is worth the commitment by the two companies for keep jobs in the First State.

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Fifty new jobs are coming to Salisbury.

RDI Wire & Cable Solution will add the new employees to its workforce over the next three years.

This is in addition to the 20 current employees that were displaced with the shutdown of the Labinal Power systems’ plant in Salisbury last month.

WBOC reports that the company will put up $375-thousand to upgrade its plant including computers and new machines.

The company is involved in the aerospace and automotive industries as well as supplying the military.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A tech company will expand its headquarters in Northern Virginia and create 368 new jobs.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Wednesday that Applied Predictive Technologies is expanding its headquarters in Arlington County.

McAuliffe's office said Virginia beat out North Carolina and Washington, D.C., for the project.

The state will give APT, which makes software that helps analyze large amounts of data and whose clients include Walmart, Starbucks and other major companies, a $1.75 million grant.

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CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) - Discount store Dollar Tree plans to spend $110 million to expand its Virginia headquarters.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the expansion Wednesday, saying it will create 600 new jobs in the next six years.

McAuliffe approved more than $9 million in grants for the expansion, which he said will help the state's economy.

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The Chemours headquarters will stay in downtown Wilmington with 1-thousand jobs to stay in the First State.           

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the firm had looked at other sites in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

The headquarters employs around 800 people with another 200 at research sites throughout the state.

The News Journal reports that the impact on Wilmington and the surrounding area could have been devastating if the company had decided to pick up and leave.

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MILFORD, Del. (AP) - The Milford-based upholstery and sewing company First State Manufacturing has announced that it is adding more than 25 new positions.

FSM Director of Marketing Lori Tovcimak-Speed tells the Wilmington News Journal that the company wants to put people to work "as soon as possible." Filling the new positions will expand FSM's workforce by nearly a third - growth that will equal the number of jobs the company has added over the last three years.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Kraft Heinz Co. is set to receive state funds to create 28 full-time jobs at its Dover plant.

The Delaware Council on Development Finance on Monday approved two grant requests totaling about $1.2 million for the factory. $1.05 million will be used to upgrade the plant's bakery division, while an addition $131,130 will come from the state strategic fund for the creation of the new jobs.

The grants will be issued through the Delaware Economic Development Office.

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - UnitedHealthcare is looking to hire more than 100 employees at its Frederick office.

Company spokeswoman Mary McElrath-Jones tells The Frederick News-Post that the health care firm seeks to fill 120 customer service-related positions in Frederick by December.

The positions include care provider customer service representatives, customer service advocates and claims representatives.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he's approved a $1 million grant to a large accounting firm that plans to expand in Northern Virginia.

McAuliffe announced Thursday that Grant Thornton had decided to consolidate its offices and add 348 new jobs in Arlington County.

Besides the $1 million grant from the Commonwealth's Opportunity Fund, the company will also be eligible from state assistance in the form of the Virginia Jobs Investment Program and Major Business Facility Job Tax Credit.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - A state panel has approved almost $8 million in taxpayer money for Chemours Co., the financially struggling chemicals business spun off from the DuPont Co.
The Council on Development Finance voted unanimously Monday to give Chemours a Strategic Fund grant of up to $7.2 million to retain 900 full-time jobs in Delaware through 2020.
The panel also approved a capital expenditure grant of up to $695,000 to Chemours for a headquarters project in Wilmington.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland Senate panel has approved $37.5 million in tax credits over five years for defense contractor Northrop Grumman, if it keeps 10,000 employees in the state.

The bill was approved Wednesday in a bipartisan vote, sending it to the Senate.

Supporters say it's an important tool to keep jobs in Maryland. Opponents say it's a huge tax break for one company.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A multimillion-dollar incentive package to keep DuPont Co. in Delaware after it merges with Dow Chemical includes a $7.5 million contribution from New Castle County.

The companies announced Friday that the agricultural company that will be created after the $130 billion merger is completed will be headquartered in Wilmington.

A specialty-products business that will also be spun off in the merger had already been confirmed for Wilmington.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Legislation to increase Delaware's current $8.25 minimum wage by $2 over four years has passed the state Senate after generating heated discussion among lawmakers.

The bill cleared the Democratically-led Senate on an 11-to-8 party line vote Wednesday and now goes to the House.

To increase the bill's chances, chief sponsor Robert Marshall, a Wilmington Democrat, withdrew a provision that called for cost-of-living adjustments tied to Social Security benefit increases starting in 2021.

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The Delaware Council on Development Finance yesterday gave the okay for nearly $436-thousand to entice two employers to the state.

Techmer PM is a Tennessee-based company that makes thermoplastic resins.

And, it plans on moving it Pennsylvania plant to New Castle.

Meanwhile, the Wilmington News Journal reports that a new manufacturing plant will be built by the Delaware based company behind the Mishimoto Automotive brand of aftermarket performance cooling products.

Both these developments could mean as many as a 100 new positions.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - An Irish manufacturer of paper and plastic bags will create 87 full-time jobs when it opens its first U.S. plant in Delaware.

AB Group Packaging is expected to open its new manufacturing facility in the Newark area next month. An exact date hasn't been given.  A spokesman says the company is currently in leasing negotiations and an exact site has not been determined.

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MIDDLETOWN, Del. (AP) - Amazon is hiring more than 500 full-time workers at its Middletown fulfillment center.

The Wilmington News Journal reports the jobs will be created this month. Amazon spokesman Aaron Toso says the $12-an-hour jobs being added at the Middletown Fulfillment Center include positions that receive inventory, as well as pick, pack and ship customers' orders. Those hired will receive medical and other employee benefits immediately.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware state House of Representatives is set to vote on a bill that would make it easier for those with juvenile criminal convictions to have their records expunged.

The bill to be voted on Tuesday modifies discretionary expungement provisions to allow more people, including those with misdemeanors and nonviolent felonies, to be eligible to have their records cleared.

The person could not have adult convictions or pending criminal charges.

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CLAYMONT, Del. (AP) - A proposed office, manufacturing and transit hub in Claymont could bring as many as 5,000 jobs to eastern Delaware.

The Wilmington News Journal reports the multimillion-dollar, 425-acre project, dubbed First State Crossing, could attract multiple employers and bringing thousands of jobs to the site.

The St. Louis-based developer, Commercial Development Company, transforms outdated industrial properties into office, manufacturing and retail space.

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OXON HILL, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is helping to celebrate a milestone with the MGM National Harbor resort and casino.

On Wednesday, the governor is offering remarks during the MGM Resorts International's 1,000th member construction workforce celebration.

The $925 million project was projected last year to bring about 2,000 construction jobs and 4,000 permanent jobs.

The plans for the site include a casino that can hold 3,600 slot machines and 140 table games. Officials said it could open as early as 2016.

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Things are looking up for the First State’s job market.

The unemployment rate in Delaware fell to 5% in January.

That’s down from 6.1% during the same period last year.

There's another piece of good news.

The Gallop organization listed Delaware in the top ten for job creation.

Wages also rose in January.

The weekly earnings went up to $726 a week from an even $700 in December.

LINTHICUM HEIGHTS, Md. (AP) - More than 200 new jobs are coming to Maryland over the next three years as the result of a solar power company's expansion.

Officials with Astrum Solar on Tuesday announced plans to triple its 14,400 square-foot facility in Howard County, and add 240 new jobs by 2017.

Astrum Solar Vice President Cory Byzewski said the company was committed to helping the state through job creation as well as through the environmental and financial benefits of solar power.

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LINTHICUM HEIGHTS, Md. (AP) - A national solar power company is announcing a major expansion in Maryland.

Officials with Astrum Solar, which is headquartered in Howard County, will detail the project on Tuesday during a news conference.

Representatives from the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, and the Howard County Economic Development Authority will also be on hand to talk about the hundreds of new local job opportunities created by the expansion.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is representing Delaware at a national conference focused on creating more job and career opportunities for young people.

Markell is among the scheduled speakers for Thursday at the 2015 National Opportunity Summit in Washington where Vice President Joe Biden also is scheduled to speak.

The event is hosted by Opportunity Nation, a bipartisan, national coalition of more than 300 businesses, nonprofits groups, educational institutions and community leaders working to expand economic opportunity.

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Delaware lawmakers were resistant to a proposal by Attorney General Matt Denn to use the $36 million from a financial settlement for social programs.

These ranged from housing programs and low-income schools to community policing and substance abuse.

During an appearance before the General Assembly’s Joint Finance Committee yesterday both Democrats and Republicans suggested they were more interested in funding other kinds of programs.

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A Newark based network management company aimed at creating jobs in Delaware has been given a million dollars by the state’s Council on Development Finance.

SevOne was launched by the University of Delaware graduates in conjunction with the school system’s Science, Technology and Advanced Research program.

The Delaware Strategic Fund Performance grant of $956-thousand will give SevOne between $4-thousand and $7-thousand for each new job the company creates.

The money is tied to a job’s starting salary.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A newly released labor report shows Delaware's unemployment rate fell from 6.4 percent in October to 6 percent in November.

The report, released on Friday, says Delaware added 3,200 new jobs in November, and that the unemployment rate in the state has dropped significantly in the past few years. The report says Delaware was named fourth in the nation in job growth over the past 12 months, trailing only North Dakota, Utah and Texas. The report says employers in Delaware added 12,300 new jobs between November 2013 and October 2014.

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A new report found that the Firefly Music Festival held in Dover brought in $68 million for the regional economy earlier this summer.

The University of Delaware study found that each festival-goer spent around $850 for goods and services.

The survey interview around 900 attendees about their purchases at the festival and off-site businesses along with 5-thousand people who were contacted on line.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that study said the festival created 579 full-time equivalent jobs along with wages and salaries of $23 million.


DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware Gov. Jack Markell is among the scheduled speakers at a national awards luncheon for a program aimed at helping at-risk high school students graduate and find jobs.

Markell, who serves as chair of Jobs for America's Graduates, will join board members, supporters, and more than 500 of JAG's youth leaders from across a 32-state network in Washington on Thursday to celebrate the work of the program.

Officials say Jobs for America's Graduates has served more than 1 million youth and is currently assisting some 47,000 young people.

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The unemployment rate in Maryland has seen an uptick again.

After more than two years of decline it has risen above the national average with the number of jobless going up by more than 28-thousand since April.

While Wicomico County, where the jobless rate is 7.6 percent, and Salisbury have a higher rate than the state they have also seen a recent steady increase in employment.  

The nation has an unemployment rate of 6.1 percent with Delaware at 6.5 percent and Virginia at 5.6 percent.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says Maryland lost 9,000 jobs in July.

The government says the state unemployment rate increased to 6.1 percent in July, up from 5.8 percent in June.

Some 5,500 of the jobs lost were in state and local government.

The state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation reports that the manufacturing sector added about 400 jobs.

The Daily Record reports that Maryland was one of 30 states have an increase in the unemployment rate for July.