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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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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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Bills to train inmates for jobs after incarceration moves forward

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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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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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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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State launches foreign-language website for economic development

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state has launched a multi-language website aimed at enticing international businesses to consider Indiana for investment and job creation. InvestIndiana.com is “a conversation starter,” said Indiana Commerce Secretary Victor Smith. “Indiana and international businesses both speak the same language, and that’s a language of growth and opportunity,” Smith said […]

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Pence pitches Indiana in ad to NY audience before Colts game

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence will pitch the state to job creators Sunday with a 30-second ad set to run in New York before the AFC Championship football game between the Colts and New England Patriots. The Indiana Economic Development Foundation purchased the ads using private funds, said the agency’s spokeswoman […]

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House committee passes bill to create college internship program

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill to create new incentives for college graduates to stay in Indiana is headed to the full House for consideration. House Bill 1054 passed the Education Committee unanimously Thursday after an amendment that reduced the amount an individual school could receive under the program. The bill creates a […]

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