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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Report Presents Split Image of Delaware

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DOVER, Del.- A report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce shows a mixed bag for Delaware when it comes to creating jobs and driving growth.

Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce President Judy Diogo believes Delaware's economy is getting stronger. She points to companies making big investments, like Kraft Foods.

"Is it happening at rapid pace? No. But I think we're on a steady growth up tick right now."

"We're certainly moving in the right direction in many, many areas," said Gov. Jack Markell. "At the same time, you can never rest on your laurels. We can get better and better.

The report, though, presents a split image of Delaware.

Of its 30 indicators, Delaware is in the top 10 in six of them - including  first in economic output per job. But it is also in the  bottom 10 in five categories and dead last in job placement efficiency.

"I think when you look at the numbers, you have to interpret them for what they are," Diogo said. "When they're basing us on national average, you have to look at the size of our state, because that plays a role."

The rankings point to Delaware needing to do some work on creating jobs in STEM - science, technology, engineering and math. Diogo says the area is heading that way.

"Delaware State [University] is getting ready to have an optical center," Diogo said. "We can't not think about ILC Dover and the expansions it has had."

She thinks Delaware could be doing a better job of making sure the infrastructure is in place for businesses to succeed. And Diogo said it is important to avoid putting up road blocks to future growth.

Click here to read to the full U.S. Chamber report.

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