(GRAPH SOURCE: Bureau of Labor Statistics)
The answer lies primarily with the downsizing of the DuPont Company and the disappearance of Astra Zeneca. That drove a 12,700 net loss of high paying jobs in the sector classified as management of companies and enterprises (see chart below). At the same time, Delaware experienced a net loss of nearly 8,000 well paying jobs in scientific research and development services. This was compounded by slow growth, relative to the nation, in engineering services and computer design services.
EMPLOYMENT IN MANAGEMENT OF COMPANIES - U.S. AND DELAWARE