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Indiana unemployment rate drops to 5.9 percent

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state’s unemployment rate continued to fall in March, dropping to less than 6 percent for the first time since July 2008. The state’s rate of 5.9 percent is better than the national rate and those in surrounding states. “Our rate has dropped by 2 percentage points in one […]

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German companies pledge to create Hoosier jobs

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana will gain 100 new jobs after Gov. Mike Pence signed agreements with three German companies this week. “After traveling across Germany this week, I feel a rush of excitement for the future of Indiana,” Pence said. “Germany appreciates the uniquely Hoosier talent of developing and building the products […]

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Pence says Germans, Hoosiers share common goals, values

By Ally Marlow TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence told an audience of business and government leaders gathered Wednesday in Berlin that the mutual values and goals of Germany and Indiana will allow an already stable relationship to keep flourishing and help everyone reach prosperity. “In America we speak of life, liberty, and the pursuit […]

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Study shows large pay gap between CEO’s and employees

By Antonio Cordero TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— A report released today by the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations highlighted the disparity in wages between top corporate executives and the rest of their workers. The report showed how corporate executives in Indiana earned 99 times more than workers in 2013 and 261 times more […]

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Pence’s first day in Germany includes visits with service members

By John Sittler TheStatehouseFile.com Gov. Mike Pence visited Ramstein Air Base on Monday, the first stop on his jobs and economic development tour in Germany. Pence said he was honored to visit the base, which serves as headquarters of U.S. Air Forces Europe and home to the 86th Airlift Wing. He and first lady Karen […]

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State will work with Pew on economic development, transparency program

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Pew Charitable Trusts has named Indiana as one of seven states to participate in its 18-month Business Incentives Initiative. The program is partnered with the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness in an effort to discover effective business practices for economic development and remaining transparent to the public. In […]

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State unemployment rate drops again in February

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.1 percent in February, when the number of unemployed Hoosiers fell to less than 200,000 for the first time in more than five years. Over the past year, the state’s unemployment rate has declined 1.8 percentage points – the fourth largest decrease in the […]

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GE to bring jet engine plant, 200 jobs to Lafayette

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The world’s largest jet engine manufacturer announced Wednesday that it will invest $100 million into a new assembly plant in Lafayette and create as many as 200 jobs by 2020. General Electric Aviation will build a 225,000 square foot facility to assemble its new LEAP engine as part of […]

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Unemployment rate drops – again

By John Sittler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s unemployment rate is now the lowest it’s been since September 2008, but House Minority Leader Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, said officials need to “take a longer look before gushing praise.” According to the Department of Workforce Development, Indiana’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped 0.4 percentage points to 6.4 […]

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Veterans to receive employment preference under Senate bill

By Halie Solea TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Veterans would be given preference when being considered for full-time employment under a bill passed Thursday in the Senate. Currently veterans receive a 10 percent preference from local political subdivisions. But Senate Bill 300, authored by Sen. Richard Young, D-Milltown, would increase that to 15 percent. “The veteran service […]

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