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New law: Inmates to go off site for career training

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State prisons can now take inmates off site for career training meant to ensure they can earn a living wage once released. Starting July 1, Senate Bill 173 authored by Sen. Michael Young, R–Indianapolis, will allow minimum security inmates to be eligible for offsite training by the DOC. Offenders […]

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May jobs report shows decreasing unemployment rate

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The May 2015 Indiana Employment Report shows that Indiana’s unemployment rate is continuing to decrease, landing at 5.1 percent. In May 2014, Indiana’s unemployment rate was .3 percent lower than the national average of 6.3 percent. A year later, the Hoosier state has decreased even further. These lower percentages […]

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Indiana Chamber discusses state’s report card

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Chamber presented its 2015 national rankings report, more specifically known as the Indiana Vision 2025 Report Card, on Thursday. The progress plan was put into place in 2012 and includes 33 goals to achieve in four main areas: Outstanding Talent Attractive Business Climate Superior Infrastructure Dynamic and […]

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New report highlights benefits Energizing Indiana offered Hoosiers

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A final data report shows that Energizing Indiana, the former statewide energy efficiency program, was successful in creating more jobs, reducing energy consumption, and saving ratepayers money. Energizing Indiana, created by former state Governor Mitch Daniels, was shut down after the Indiana General Assembly and Governor Mike Pence decided to […]

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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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