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Indiana’s jobless rate drops to 5.4 percent, equals national average

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s unemployment rate dropped considerably in April to 5.4 percent – the same as the national rate. That’s down 0.4 percentage points from the March rate and 2.1 percentage points lower than it was two years ago, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. Indiana is only about […]

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Pence visits Cummins plant in China

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence finished his third day in Beijing by observing Indiana-headquartered Cummins Inc.’s role in the innovation and production of clean technology. “Technology developed by Hoosiers in Columbus is powering Cummins engines built around the world, including here in China,” Pence said in a statement. “As Cummins grows and […]

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Pence promotes RV industry in China

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence spent his second day in China promoting Indiana’s recreational vehicle industry. More than 80% of RVs imported to China last year were made in Indiana. “Northern Indiana is the epicenter of the RV industry,” Pence said in a statement on Tuesday. “That becomes apparent when you travel […]

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Pence gives Indiana gifts during first day in China

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence started the first day of his jobs and economic development trip to China on Monday by gifting Hoosier artwork. Pence’s office said gift giving is an important ritual in the Asian culture. “During our meetings this week with Chinese business and government leaders, we’ll be presenting these […]

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Arc training hotel to be named after Carl Erskine, Steve Green

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A hospitality training institute for people with disabilities will open next January in Muncie with a new name. The Erskine Green Training Institute will provide vocational training for jobs in the hotel, food service and healthcare industries. The Arc of Indiana Foundation, a group that advocates for people with development […]

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Firm can give hiring preferences to vets under bill Pence signed into law

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence has signed a bill into law that lets companies give preference to veterans in hiring or promoting workers. “Our Hoosier heroes deserve our utmost respect, and we owe them a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid,” Pence said in a statement. “The legislation I sign […]

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State offers jobs help to HIP 2.0 members

By Olivia Covington TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Members of state’s health insurane plan for low-income Hoosiers will now have access to career development resources. The Family and Social Services Administration announced the creation of the Gateway to Work program on Monday. Only Healthy Indiana Plan members will be eligible to join Gateway to Work, which is […]

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Pence is headed to China for another trade mission

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence is packing his bags in anticipation of a trip to China, which will focus on creating economic opportunities and partnerships between the country and our state. Pence will leave on May 9 for a weeklong trip and will visit Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou, the capital city of […]

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Unemployment drops slightly in March

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s unemployment rate dropped by 0.1 percent down to 5.8 percent in March. The national average still remains lower than Indiana at 5.5 percent. Over the past two years, the unemployment rate in the state has gone down by 2.4 percentage points. Meanwhile, the labor force has grown by […]

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Common Construction repeal passes Senate

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A controversial bill that will eliminate the 80-year-old common construction wage in Indiana passed the Senate by a narrow margin Wednesday. HB 1019 eliminates a system that let local governments and schools set wage floors that contractors must meet on public projects. Often those wages are set at union […]

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