Business, Economy and Consumer Affairs

Indiana Unemployment Rate Holds Steady In April

May 18, 2018
The Hoosier State’s unemployment rate is at 3.2 percent for the third consecutive month. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Indiana's unemployment rate is at 3.2 percent for the third consecutive month. Before this year, it hadn’t been that low since late 2000.

Emilie Syberg / WBAA

On Saturday mornings between May and October, a crowd converges on downtown Lafayette to visit the Lafayette Farmer's Market.

Though it doesn’t take them yet, it’s one of 75 markets in Indiana officially authorized to accept benefits from the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.

James Vavrek / WFIU/WTIU News

 

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development estimates there will be more than one million jobs to fill in the state by 2024 – and most of them won’t require a college degree.

Instead, many employers will be looking for highly-skilled workers with specialized certificates to fill positions in everything from manufacturing to healthcare.

Global Tech Firm Announces Expanded Indiana Jobs Plans

Apr 26, 2018

Global tech firm Infosys announced Thursday it will create more Hoosier jobs than originally planned – now 3,000 in total at its North American training center, based in Indianapolis.

Vice President Mike Pence attended the announcement after a central Indiana political event on tax reform was postponed until after the state’s May primary election.

Courtesy City of West Lafayette

The vacated building on the corner of State Street and Northwestern Avenue is on track to be replaced with apartments and a popular retail store.

The space – which now bears only a gutted neon sign of the bar it once housed and faded artwork featuring shadowy figures – has long been an eyesore, says West Lafayette Development Director Erik Carlson.

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Lauren Chapman

President Donald Trump’s recent budget proposal includes making cuts to infrastructure, education, affordable housing and healthcare, leading one watchdog group to speak out in concern about the potential impact those cuts could have.

(WFIU/WTIU News)

 

 

President Trump directed trade officials Thursday to look into rejoining negotiations for a major trade deal with eleven Pacific Rim countries. And, experts say it could be good news for Indiana.

Charlotte Tuggle / WBAA

Whenever a gun control debate comes up, gun sales go up too. But Indiana firearms dealers say the sales jump after the recent March for Our Lives wasn’t as significant as what happened under the last presidential administration.

Tax Filing Deadline Approaches

Apr 11, 2018
Hoosiers who use paper to file their taxes must have them in the mail by April 17. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Hoosiers have a little less than a week left to file their taxes for 2017.

Those who file their state and federal taxes online can submit electronically any time before April 18. For those who use paper to file, Indiana Department of Revenue Commissioner Adam Krupp says their returns must be in the mail by April 17.

Soil Moisture Concerns Farmers Preparing To Plant Crops

Apr 11, 2018

Indiana farmers are becoming concerned that recent precipitation – both rain and snow – will delay this year’s planting date.

Southern Indiana farmers should be out in field by now preparing for planting but the damp soil is postponing operations. Indiana Farm Bureau spokesman Bob White says the longer the delay, the greater the concern.

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