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Braun to take over DWD, current commissioner not going anywhere

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence has named a state legislator to take over at the Department of Workforce Development, but the agency’s current commissioner will stay on as well, with a new title and the same salary. Rep. Steve Braun, R-Zionsville, will become the DWD’s new commissioner after this fall’s election, […]

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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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Unemployment rate ticks up for first time in 10 months

By Seth Morin TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state’s unemployment rate increased slightly in June for the first time in the state in 10 months. Indiana’s unemployment rate had been on a steady decline that ended in May when the unemployment rate stayed the same. The rate in June rose from 5.7 percent to 5.9 percent. […]

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Pence wraps up UK trip with more business meetings

By Allie Nash TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence wrapped up his job-hunting mission Wednesday by meeting with a company he said is considering Indiana for its U.S. operations – but his office wouldn’t reveal the firm’s name or any details. “Out of respect for the company, we cannot share further details about the company […]

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Pence headed to UK this weekend for trade trip

By Jess Seabolt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence, first lady Karen Pence and state officials will travel to the United Kingdom on Saturday for an economic development mission to bring jobs and investment to Indiana. The trip will include attending the Farnborough International Airshow, one of the largest worldwide exhibitions dedicated to the aviation […]

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Ellspermann: 60% of Indiana workforce will have post-secondary skills by 2025

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana lieutenant governor said Tuesday that by the year 2025 the Pence administration expects that 60 percent of Indiana’s workforce will have post-secondary skills. Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann kicked off the Workforce Development and Education Conference by presenting “A Strategic Plan to Transform Indiana’s Workforce.” She listed five […]

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Indiana unemployment rate drops to 5.9 percent

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state’s unemployment rate continued to fall in March, dropping to less than 6 percent for the first time since July 2008. The state’s rate of 5.9 percent is better than the national rate and those in surrounding states. “Our rate has dropped by 2 percentage points in one […]

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Unemployment rate drops – again

By John Sittler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s unemployment rate is now the lowest it’s been since September 2008, but House Minority Leader Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, said officials need to “take a longer look before gushing praise.” According to the Department of Workforce Development, Indiana’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped 0.4 percentage points to 6.4 […]

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Statewide assessment would evaluate economic potential of regional cities

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS- Indiana’s regional cities would be the subject of a statewide assessment to evaluate their economic potential, under a bill passed Tuesday in the House. House Bill 1035, authored by Rep. Steven Braun, R- Zionsville, would order the Indiana Economic Development Corporation to create a report listing both the needs of […]

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