08.25.2010 0

Recovery Summer and Stimulus: Delaware

Continuing on the Recovery Summer and Stimulus: State by State, we head to Delaware.

Quick Delaware facts:

  • In January of 2009, the unemployment rate in Delaware was 7.0%. As of June 30, 2010, the unemployment rate was 8.5%–a net increase of 1.5%! (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • According to Recovery.gov, Delaware has received only 792 awards. This has resulted in $895,616,712 being spent to create/save 1,455.40* jobs(Source: Recovery.gov)
  • The labor force of Delaware has shrunk by 16,145 people. In January of 2009, the labor force was 440,794 people strong and shrunk to 424,649 people as of June 2010. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • According to the Recovery Summer Map, the state boasts only 1 “Summer of Recovery” project! Not only that, the state is misspelled on the map–they spell Delaware this way D-e-l-e-w-a-r-e.
  • The number of people employed in Delaware has shrunk by 21,450 people! (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • The Obama administration projected the change in jobs by December 31, 2010 to be 11,000 jobs. To date, Colorado has lost 5,700 jobs. (Source: Ways & Means Republicans)

While the employment trend in Delaware saw a slight bump beginning at the end of the first quarter of 2010, that trend has disappeared, and Delaware is now back to where it was at the beginning at the start of 2010. The slight recovery that was noticed over the course of a couple months in 2010 has disappeared. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Has the Recovery Act done anything for Delaware? No.

Has “Recovery Summer” done anything for Delaware? No.

For a state that gave all of its electoral votes to Obama and is home to Vice President Joe Biden, who heads up the “Recovery” projects, one would have expected much more. The reality in Delaware is that the “Stimulus” has not had any effect on the economy. The temporary recovery realized only for a brief moment in early 2010 has disappeared and the state continues its downward descent.

Read more on Recovery Summer and the Stimulus Effects on States.

*: The number of jobs created/saved conflicts with other government sources on Recovery.gov. This number was pulled from the latest figured offered on Recovery.gov

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