We are behind national averages in unemployment and job creation.
Did you know that $777 is the average weekly wage in Kent County but $1020 is the average weekly wage in the United States? Delaware is lagging the nation in job and wage growth.
We have made progress in lowering unemployment in the Dover area. We were well above the national and state average now we are around the state average. We added 1300 jobs between August and December according to the U. S. Bureau of labor statistics since our Making Dover Prosper Initiative took effect.
What can we do to change this? We have to understand that one cannot be pro-jobs and anti-business.
There are a number of policy changes which must be made. We need to restore a job friendly attitude, strengthen workforce development, control energy costs, and strategically improve our infrastructure.
- We need permit reforms to speed up the process when an error is corrected.
- We need to look at processes and regulations to see what makes sense in the 21st Century.
- We need to work with non-profits, unions, our community colleges, schools and chambers of commerce to identify current and future employment trends. We should partner with our Universities to study economic trends in the First State. We then need to fund existing and develop new training which works and cut the ones which do not.
- We need to move from the Renewable Portfolio Standard and other cost raising laws and regulations and go to an incentive based approach for renewables and conservation. Delaware needs to encourage new power generation of all types.
- We need to have appropriate service roads at key growth check points such as the Garrison Technology Park and the Dover Mall, Dover Downs areas to allow easy Route 1 access.
- We need to finalize the longstanding negotiation on expanding storage capability at the Civil Air Terminal at Dover Air Force Base to allow cargo shipments.
- We need a job protection strategy for our existing businesses not just a job acquisition strategy.