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30 Laws in 30 Days: Veterans and spouses to receive preference for employment, training

By Cameron Mattern TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This is the 26th in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS — The state is using a new law to thank veterans for their service by giving service members and their spouses preferential treatment for employment and training. […]

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Q&A: Meet Sen. Eddie Melton, focused on education and unemployment

By: Sarah Ramon and Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com This story is part of a series of Q&As with newly–elected members of the Indiana House and Senate. Some responses have been edited for brevity and clarity.  INDIANAPOLIS ­­— Sen. Eddie Melton, D-Merrillville, spends a lot of his time working in non-profit executive leadership when he’s not at […]

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Indiana unemployment fell during September

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s jobless rate dropped a bit in September, bringing the state to its highest employment level in eight years. The drop to 4.5 percent unemployment also put Indiana more than a half-percentage point better than the national average of 5.1 percent. Gov. Mike Pence touted the drop in a press […]

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Unemployment continues to drop in Indiana

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s unemployment rate fell to its lowest point since 2007 in August.    The unemployment rate now sits at 4.6 percent. That’s down from 4.7 percent in July.   “Over the past 12 months, Indiana has added more than 60,000 private sector jobs, and our unemployment rate continues to fall,” said […]

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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’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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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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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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State could require training for unemployed workers under bill

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Unemployed Hoosiers could be pushed into job training and educational programs meant to help them get back into the workforce under a bill that passed the Senate Appropriations Committeeunanimously on Thursday. Currently unemployed Hoosiers must meet with the Office of Workforce Development after four weeks of collecting unemployment. Under HB […]

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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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