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8:13 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Jobless Rate Drops in Delaware and Virginia

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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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10:20 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Firefly Misic Festival Pulls in Big Bucks for Region

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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.

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7:53 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Finding Jobs for At-Risk High School Graduates

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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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8:24 am
Wed October 1, 2014

MD Jobless Rate Goes Up, Eastern Shore Sees Gains

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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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9:17 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Job Slump Last Month in Maryland and Virginia

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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.


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1:43 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

More Jobs Could be Coming to Dover

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Energizer Holdings will be closing up shop in Montreal Canada and consolidating its feminine care into the company’s plant in Dover.

The Canadian facility plant which makes Stayfree and Carefree brands will shut down sometime in 2017.

Production will be phased into the Dover plant beginning in 2015.

Currently the Dover facility has 475 employees while the Montreal plant has 430.

But the company said it is unclear know how many new jobs will be created in Delaware or whether the physical plant will be expanded for the additional production. 

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8:26 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Another Request for Pfizer to Keep AstraZeneca Jobs in MD

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Maryland's two U.S. senators and four of the state's eight representatives are urging drug maker Pfizer Inc. to make sure that its proposed merger with AstraZeneca PLC doesn't eliminate Maryland jobs.

They sent a letter Monday to Pfizer Chairman Ian Read, following a similar plea last week from the governors of Maryland and Delaware.

AstraZeneca employs about 3,100 people in Maryland and about 2,600 in Delaware.

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1:09 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Brown Outlines Jobs Program in MD Governor's Race

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UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) - Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown has released an outline of a plan aimed at growing Maryland's economy if he becomes governor.

Brown, who is running in the Democratic primary for governor, released the five-point plan on Tuesday.

At the top of the list is using innovative financing to pay for infrastructure. Brown led an effort to better define public-private partnerships in the state last year.

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9:33 am
Mon March 24, 2014

JPMorgan Chase Seeks Delaware Grant for Workforce Expansion

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Banking giant JPMorgan Chase is asking Delaware officials for $1.5 million in taxpayer money to help pay for costs associated with a planned expansion of its workforce.

The Council on Development Finance was scheduled to consider the request at a meeting Monday in New Castle.

JPMorgan Chase asking for a strategic fund capital expenditure grant of up to $1.5 million.

Markell administration officials say the money would be used to support the creation of up to 500 new jobs.

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9:09 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Democratic Hopeful Doug Gansler on Jobs Today

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BOWIE, Md. (AP) - Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler is scheduled to talk about a plan to create jobs.

Gansler, who is running in the Democratic primary for governor, is taking his plan to Prince George's County on Wednesday. He is scheduled to hold a roundtable discussion with business owners and workers at Jason's Family Barber Shop in Bowie.

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10:29 am
Fri November 15, 2013

More Jobs for Millsboro Mountaire Facilities


49 new jobs are expected to come to the Millsboro plant as Mountaire Farms expands its operations.

The jobs are expected to pay around $25,000 a year.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that company was just approved for an $87-thousand grant from the Delaware Strategic Fund tied to the jobs and a $129-thousand grant from the Delaware Strategic Fund Capital Expenditure for capital improvements.

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9:06 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Maryland and Texas Governors Cross Swords on CNN

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There was a face off on CNN’s Crossfire between Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and Governor Rick Perry.

The Texas Republican has been running ads criticizing Maryland’s business environment and inviting businesses to move to the Lone Star state.

Perry charged that Maryland lost 47-thosuand jobs in July while Texas created over 18-thousand.

But O’Malley fired back noting that the state tops the nation for median income while Texas comes in at 25th.

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8:43 am
Tue July 23, 2013

More Jobs Coming to Wicomico County


The pharmaceutical company Jubilant Cadista could bring 200 jobs to Wicomico County over the next 5 years.

The company is expected to spend $10-million to expand its facility by 96-thousand square feet.

Dave Ryan, executive director of Salisbury-Wicomico Economic Development, says the project will also being construction jobs.

And, because the firm owned by Jubilant Life Sciences Limited develops and sells generic pharmaceuticals outside the region money will be brought back into the region.

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9:32 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Immigration Reform Could Benefit Maryland


While Washington struggles with immigration reform there’s a new report that says Maryland get a big economic boost from such legislation.

Maryland News Connection reporter Allison Burns has the story.

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9:14 am
Tue May 21, 2013

GE Aviation To Add 70 Jobs in Newark

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is joining officials with GE Aviation to tout the addition of about 70 jobs at the company's Newark plant.

GE Aviation says it plans to add 70 jobs at the Newark site.

Markell is scheduled to join officials Tuesday in announcing a $27 million investment to support increased production of ceramic matrix composites, lightweight materials that can withstand high temperatures.

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10:22 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Data Company to Bring Hundreds of Jobs to Newark

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Data Centers LLC based in Pennsylvania is looking at building a message date storage and management facility in Newark that could create over 300 jobs mostly in the technology sector.

The 900-thosuand square foot building would house computer servers and offices in the western corner of the former Chrysler assembly plant.

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9:03 am
Tue April 30, 2013

GE Aviation To Add Jobs in Newark

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - With the approval of $1.1 million in state grants, GE Aviation says it plans to add dozens of jobs at its Newark plant.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports that the company, which has 88 permanent employees in Newark, plans to add 62 jobs by 2016. The state Council on Development Finance has approved $1.1 million in grants to renovate and expand the 110,000-square-foot facility.

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9:13 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Employment Advancement Now Initiative Heads to O'Malley's Desk

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The House of Delegates has passed Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposal to create a grant process to help get people the skills for jobs that are in high demand.

The House passed the bill 115 to 23 on Tuesday. The Senate already has approved the measure.

It makes $2.5 million available for the Employment Advancement Now Initiative. The program will encourage regional training collaborations among businesses, nonprofits, colleges and local governments.

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9:42 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Economy Tops Delaware Governor's List as Lawmakers Review His Budget

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DOVER, Del.(AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is preparing tl talk about how to create jobs, improve Delaware's economy and strengthen public schools.

Those were among the topics the governor planned to touch on Thursday at a luncheon speech to the Wilmington Rotary Club. State lawmakers, meanwhile, are continuing to review Markell's proposed $423.5 million capital budget for construction projects, equipment upgrades and economic development, and transportation improvements.

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