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Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN) says new legislation he’s sponsoring will help National Guard members who haven’t served oversees get a boost when applying for federal jobs. 

Those who have not served overseas currently receive no preference when applying for federal jobs.  Donnelly's bill, which has a Republican cosponsor, would create a new tiered system for federal hiring. 

Donnelly says he wants to help the thousands of veterans who aren’t recognized by the current preference system.

Indiana Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann says the state is putting a new spotlight on ways it can help small and emerging businesses. 

She says 99% of Indiana businesses have 500 or fewer employees and create most of the state's  jobs.  Ellspermann expects the new state Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship to marshal Indiana’s existing outreach efforts for them.

“Understanding that job creation is more than attracting new companies to Indiana, it is about helping existing businesses – small businesses – grow as well as encouraging more startups.”

IN unemployment rate unchanged in March

Apr 19, 2013

Unemployment held steady at 8.7% in March for Indiana.

The Department of Workforce Development reports an increase in manufacturing jobs balanced a loss of about 11,000 private sector jobs during the month.

Tippecanoe and one other surrounding county saw a slight increase in unemployment for March. Clinton County’s rose a tenth to 8.8%, while Tippecanoe’s climbed 0.2 to 8.1%.

Senator Mike Delph (R-Carmel) wants each state agency to set aside 10% of its contracts each year for veteran-owned small businesses. 

Governor Mike Pence signed an executive order his first day in office establishing a goal of procuring 3% of state contracts for veteran-owned businesses. 

The 10% goal has the backing of the American Legion in the state. Commander Richard Jewell says that could help reduce veteran unemployment, which is double the state rate.

Gov. Pence holds jobs roundtable in Lafayette

Jan 25, 2013

Governor Mike Pence is getting input from business and civic leaders as he tours the state. He held a jobs roundtable at Subaru of Indiana Automotive Friday afternoon with about a dozen executives and the mayors of Lafayette and West Lafayette.

He presented his Road Map for Indiana plan and continued to push for a 10% income tax cut for all Hoosiers.

"That would also lower taxes on more than 90% of small business owners and farmers in this state."

IN unemployment rate increases in December

Jan 18, 2013

Indiana’s unemployment rate rose two tenths from November to December to 8.2%. The state reports an additional 15,000 Hoosiers were looking for work last month, bringing the total number of those seeking a job to 267,000.

In comparison, the unemployment rate was 8.9% in December, 2011. Among neighboring states, Ohio and Kentucky have better rates, while Illinois and Michigan are slightly worse.

Chromcraft Revington closing Delphi location

Jan 14, 2013

Chromcraft Revington is closing its distribution center in Delphi. The move impacts 16 employees, who have been offered other jobs with the company.

The work in Delphi will be moved to the furniture manufacturer’s Mississippi operations. A statement from the company says various options are being considered for the equipment and facility in Delphi.

Mayor Randy Strasser says he’s disappointed by the decision, but wishes the company success. He says he will focus on assisting the employees who are not relocating.

The statement from the company is below:

Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers says it will take a joint effort from students, the state and its colleges and universities to meets the needs of a changing workforce.  She made the comment during the inaugural State of Higher Education address.

Currently, less than a third of Hoosiers have completed education beyond high school.  Lubbers says it will be hard to improve that figure when people don’t see an adequate return on investment from higher education.

November unemployment steady for IN, up for region

Dec 21, 2012

Unemployment in Indiana held steady from October to November at 8%, despite a loss of 9,800 jobs last month.

Officials with the Department of Workforce Development say the decline in the number of positions is due mostly to seasonal construction jobs. They say initial jobless claims are at a level not seen since 2005, and the state is doing better than a year ago, when unemployment was 9.1%.

After already breaking the state’s record for job commitments in 2012, nine more companies have pledged to create more than 2,500 jobs over the new few years in locations around Indiana.

A recent New York Times report, cited by Indiana Economic Development Corporation CEO Dan Hasler during Tuesday’s announcement, showed Indiana offering the lowest economic and tax incentives to incoming businesses compared to neighboring states.  Hasler says Indiana wants to focus more on improving its overall business climate.