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Unemployment rate falls to 5.9 percent in February

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state’s unemployment rate ticked down to 5.9 percent in February, the result in part of a growth in private sector jobs. Indiana’s jobless rate is now 2.4 percentage points lower than it was two years ago. During that time, the state’s labor force has grown by 82,000 people. […]

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Pence campaign spends $s in common construction fight; governor considers radio or TV ads

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence is weighing whether to buy radio or television ads in a fight that labor leaders say is another GOP effort to weaken unions. Already, Pence is using campaign money to pay for a website that supports eliminating the common construction wage, which lets local governments and […]

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State could require training for unemployed workers under bill

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Unemployed Hoosiers could be pushed into job training and educational programs meant to help them get back into the workforce under a bill that passed the Senate Appropriations Committeeunanimously on Thursday. Currently unemployed Hoosiers must meet with the Office of Workforce Development after four weeks of collecting unemployment. Under HB […]

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Bills to train inmates for jobs after incarceration moves forward

By Aubrey Helms                                                                                                         […]

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Indiana jobs report puts state in good standing nationally despite unemployment rate

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – In the past few years the state has made some significant growth in employment, but the numbers don’t tell the whole story. The Indiana Department of Workforce Development released the January 2015 Indiana Employment Report on Tuesday. It revealed Indiana is among the high-ranking states in many sections. The […]

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Lawmakers mull earlier unemployment loan payoff, could save firms $300+ million

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state is on track to pay back $2.2 billion in federal unemployment loans in May 2016 – roughly four years earlier than originally projected. And a key lawmaker says that payoff could happen yet this year – a move that would save Hoosier businesses some $327 million in […]

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Bill allows hiring preferences for veterans

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would give private employers the ability to give preference to veterans in the hiring process passed a House committee unanimously on Tuesday. SB 298 is identical to a House bill that has already passed and moved to the Senate. Both bills aim to lower the unemployment […]

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Video & story: Raytheon to create 250 new jobs in Indy

Gov. Pence announces 250 new jobs at Raytheon from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence announced the creation of 250 new Indiana jobs on Monday at Raytheon’s facility in Indianapolis. Pence said jobs in technology and defense are helping Indiana’s job market expand. “We’re currently witnessing major players in […]

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Hershman declines to comment on common construction wage legislation

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS –The chairman of the Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee declined to comment Monday whether or not a bill to repeal the common construction wage will get a hearing. Sen. Brandt Hershman, R-Buck Creek, said through a spokesperson that he preferred not to comment on the subject. This comes three […]

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Video & story: Senate defeats constitutional ‘right-to-farm’ proposal

Right to Farm amendment dies in Senate from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate stopped the controversial right-to-farm resolution in its tracks on Tuesday – to the delight of environmental groups that had been fighting it. The Senate voted 28-22 against the proposal, which would have amended the Indiana Constitution […]

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