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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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Indiana unemployment rate holds at 5.7 percent

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Due in part to an increase in private sector jobs, Indiana’s unemployment rate held steady during the month of November. At 5.7 percent, the November unemployment in the state was 1.2 percentage points less than during the same time last year and exactly the same as in October of […]

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Pence makes end-of-year jobs announcements, touts 23,000+ job commitments for 2014

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence and executives from 16 companies announced new investments Thursday that are expected to bring 2,153 jobs to Indiana within what state officials are calling “the next few years.” But actually, some of those jobs won’t be created until 2023. Still, Pence lauded the deals – which […]

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Pro-Israel group to pay for Pences to spend Christmas in Jerusalem

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A non-profit Christian-based organization will pay to send Gov. Mike Pence and his wife to Israel to celebrate Christmas. Pence will also use the trip for a three-day economic mission, for which he’ll be joined by members of the Indiana Economic Development Corp. The delegation’s expenses will be paid […]

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State’s unemployment rate holds steady at 5.7 percent

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state’s unemployment rate held steady at 5.7 percent for the month of October. The private sector added 2,500 manufacturing jobs during the month – ranking Indiana third in the nation for manufacturing job growth. Similarly, the transportation and utility trades added 3,300 jobs in October – placing the […]

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Unemployment rate ticks down in September but job numbers drop

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s unemployment rate dropped slightly in September, even as the state lost jobs overall. The seasonally adjusted rate stood at 5.7 percent last month, down 0.1 percentage points from August. The rate is significantly lower than one year ago when it stood at 7.3 percent. The drop comes even […]

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Pence, utility leaders plan 1-day mission trip to Toronto

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence and a delegation of business and utility leaders will leave Wednesday for a one-day jobs mission to Toronto, a trip aimed at strengthening the state’s economic ties to Canada. “Canada is already the destination for billions of dollars’ worth of Hoosier-built products,” Pence said in a statement. […]

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