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Department of Commerce COMPETES Report

January 9, 2012


On January 6, 2012, Commerce Secretary John Bryson unveiled the findings of the Commerce Department’s COMPETES report. The report, mandated as part of the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010, looks at US economic competitiveness within a wide-array of topics, including important issues concerning STEM.


Here are six takeaways from the COMPETES report pertaining to STEM as concluded by the Department of Commerce:


  • 3:1- Ratio of STEM job to non-STEM job growth over the past 10 years
  • 21%- Percent of 12th graders in the U.S. that tested as “proficient” or better in science in 2009
  • #1- U.S. Ranking as destination for students studying abroad
  • 68%- Percent of households that had broadband Internet access in 2010
  • 39- Number of states that are home to at least one Fortune 500 company
  • 49%- Percent of non-defense spending that went to National Institutes of Health (FY09)

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