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Unemployment remains low, though rates are climbing slightly

By Dionte Coleman TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Even though Indiana’s unemployment rate remains below the national average of 3.9 percent, about one-third of the state’s counties have rates higher than that. Data released Monday by the state’s Department of Workforce Development show county unemployment rates range from a high of 5.9 percent in Vermillion to a low of […]

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Guest column: Work share program deserves a legislative shot

By Derek Thomas Special to TheStatehouseFile.com The best way to stimulate the economy is by keeping workers on the job through work sharing. According to Moody’s Analytics, the return is greater than infrastructure investments or tax cuts. A work sharing program – available in 28 states – is a voluntary and cost-equivalent alternative to traditional unemployment insurance that allows […]

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Guest column: Inequality in Indy – A rising problem with ready solutions

By Derek Thomas Indiana Institute for Working Families This week, the Indy Star reported on the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ ‘Income and Wage Gaps Across the U.S.’ report.  The story presented the group’s finding that “wage inequality grew twice as rapidly in the Indianapolis metro area as in the rest of the nation since the recession”, largely due to the […]