Md. econ­o­mist: Lo­cal re­cov­ery is still slow

Del. grow­ing faster due to tax cli­mate

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By CH­ERYL MAT­TIX

cmat­tix@ce­cil­whig.com

— Au­to­ma­tion con­tin­ues to have the big­gest im­pact on the U.S. job mar­ket, a Mary­land econ­o­mist told Ce­cil and Har­ford county lead­ers and busi­ness own­ers Fri­day dur­ing the an­nual meet­ing of the Susque­hanna Work­force Net­work.

Anir­ban Basu, chair­man and CEO of Sage Pol­icy Group, spoke about the

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global, U.S., Mary­land and lo­cal economies dur­ing a meet­ing at Ce­cil Col­lege.

“While STEM (sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and math­e­mat­ics) skills are still de­sir­able, they are more likely to be as­sumed by com­put­ers,” Basu said, stress­ing the need for job­seek­ers to de­velop their in­ter­per­sonal skills to get the top jobs. “SWN needs to think about the im­pact of au­to­ma­tion.”

Basu said that about 2.4 mil­lion jobs were added to the U.S. econ­omy last year, not­ing that most of the na­tion­wide job growth was in the fields of health care, trans­porta­tion and leisure. Mean­while, job growth in Mary­land came in at 2.1 per­cent, which is 17th in the coun­try, com­pared to neigh­bor­ing Delaware, which had 3.7 per­cent job growth to make it sec­ond in the coun­try. Most of Delaware’s growth has been south of the C&D Canal due to re­tirees re­lo­cat­ing there be­cause of its fa­vor­able tax cli­mate, he said.

“Mary­land is still in re­cov­ery, while Delaware is ex­pand­ing now,” he said,

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