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Unemployment rate ticks down in September but job numbers drop

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s unemployment rate dropped slightly in September, even as the state lost jobs overall. The seasonally adjusted rate stood at 5.7 percent last month, down 0.1 percentage points from August. The rate is significantly lower than one year ago when it stood at 7.3 percent. The drop comes even […]

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Pence, utility leaders plan 1-day mission trip to Toronto

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence and a delegation of business and utility leaders will leave Wednesday for a one-day jobs mission to Toronto, a trip aimed at strengthening the state’s economic ties to Canada. “Canada is already the destination for billions of dollars’ worth of Hoosier-built products,” Pence said in a statement. […]

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Video & story: Obama talks manufacturing, economy during stop in Princeton

Obama visit from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com PRINCETON, Ind. – President Barack Obama spent the afternoon of National Manufacturing Day here addressing students, business leaders and local factory workers at Millennium Steel Services – a key supplier for the Toyota production plant located next door. Standing on a platform in front of […]

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Unemployment rate inches down to 5.8

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The rate of unemployed Hoosiers dropped slightly in August bringing the state’s unemployment rate to 5.8 percent. The drop continues an overall trend and is 0.2 percentage points lower than the national average. “Indiana’s unemployment rate has decreased 1.7 percent over the past year, while the labor force has […]

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Pence: U.S., Japan should work out free-trade differences

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence worked to sell Japanese leaders Monday on new investment in Indiana, saying the “ties that bind our people are strong” and reinforced by shared values of integrity, hard work, tradition and modesty. But Pence – speaking to the 46th Annual Midwest U.S.-Japan Association Conference – ventured […]

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RTW fight returns to Statehouse – this time at the Supreme Court

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state’s right-to-work law violates the Indiana Constitution because it requires unions to provide services to non-members without compensation, an attorney representing labor groups told the state’s highest court Thursday. But a lawyer for the attorney general said the constitutional provision in question would only apply if the state […]

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Work share program debated by study committee

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Business leaders split Wednesday on their support of a proposed work share program that would let companies reduce work hours for employees, who could then collect partial unemployment benefits. The program – which is authorized by the federal government and has been implemented in 29 states – is designed […]

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Pence: State remains right-to-work state, despite court ruling

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence said Friday that Indiana continues to be a right-to-work state, even though a Lake County Circuit Court judge has refused to stay a ruling declaring the state’s right-to-work law unconstitutional. On Thursday, Circuit Judge George Paras – who issued the ruling last month deeming Indiana’s right-to-work […]

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Even with increase in private sector jobs, Indiana’s unemployment rate levels off

By Seth Morin TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s July unemployment rate remained the same as last month’s, even with the addition of roughly 10,000 private sector jobs. The rate has remained at 5.9 percent since June, and is slightly below the national average of 6.2 percent. Even with the gains in private sector jobs, the unemployment rate […]

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Funding cuts continue for higher education

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Pence administration will continue to make funding cuts to state agencies and universities to pad Indiana’s reserves so the state can function through another potential economic slump, a key official told lawmakers Thursday. State Budget Director Brian Bailey said the public universities could eventually receive all the money […]

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