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A new coalition of state policymakers and community activists wants to spend more time and money on addressing the Indiana workforce’s skills gap. 

The Indiana Skills2Compete Coalition is comprised of a bipartisan group of lawmakers, government officials, educators and community leaders.  The group is calling for an increased emphasis on middle-skills training, those jobs which require more than a high school diploma but less than a four-year degree.

With a month still to go this year, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) announced 2012 will set a record for commitments from companies to locate or expand operations in the state. Still, IEDC CEO Dan Hasler says he’d still like to see more the commitments turn into actual jobs.

The corporation reports 220 companies have made commitments to it this year to expand or establish new operations in Indiana, translating to around $3.6 billion in investments and more than 20,000 jobs.

Unemployment rate improves for state in October

Nov 20, 2012

The private sector added 7,700 new jobs in Indiana last month. That growth is the largest monthly jobs gain since May. It also drops the state’s unemployment rate to 8%, down 0.2% from September.

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development reports private sector employment is roughly 96% of what it was in 2007 before the recession.

Locally, unemployment increased 0.1% in Lafayette and West Lafayette to 7.1% and 4.7%, respectively.

Unemployment rate improves for state and region

Oct 19, 2012

Unemployment dropped slightly from August to September in Indiana. The rate fell one tenth of a percent to 8.2% for the month.

Unemployment is down half a percent or more in Tippecanoe and surrounding counties. The greatest drop from August to September was in Benton County, which saw a decline from 9.1% to 7.1% in the jobless rate.

Fountain County has the highest unemployment in the area, with 7.9% of the labor force looking for work. The county with the best jobs picture is Warren, with 6.1% unemployment. Tippecanoe’s is 6.4%.

Ellspermann talks jobs during stop in Lafayette

Aug 29, 2012

The Indiana GOP lieutenant governor candidate is touting her ticket's pro-business policies.

Sue Ellspermann participated in a jobs roundtable at Fairfield manufacturing in Lafayette Wednesday morning. She says students of today need to be better prepared for the jobs of tomorrow.

Ellspermann says if she and Mike Pence are elected, they would support proposals to encourage college undergraduates to complete their degrees in four years.

She says those in high school need to be made aware of alternatives to college that will still prepare them for the workforce.

IN Youth Institute promotes technical honors diploma

Aug 28, 2012

As students head back to school, research and job trends show job opportunities are out there. However, to take advantage of these opportunities, students must get the education or training necessary to qualify for the jobs most in demand now and very likely for the foreseeable future.This is especially true in manufacturing, where employers are having trouble finding qualified employees.WBAA's Kristin Malavenda talks with Indiana Youth Institute President & CEO Bill Stanczykiewicz about an option few students explore, the Technical Honors Diploma.

IEDC updates lawmakers on 2012 plans

Aug 21, 2012

Indiana’s secretary of commerce says the state is on course to help create 25,000 new jobs this year.

Dan Hasler told members of a study committee on economic development 14,500 already have been created.

But he admits meeting the goal won’t be easy and will require an intense marketing effort.

"It's a numbers game. The best way to double our jobs and careers in Indiana, is to double our opportunities to compete for business. They can't find us unless we are bright, bold and somewhat brash. That's what good branding is."

July unemployment up for IN, mixed locally

Aug 17, 2012

Indiana’s unemployment rate rose slightly during July. The latest figures show the percentage of Hoosiers looking for work went from eight in June to 8.2 last month.

In Tippecanoe County, unemployment dropped from 8% to 7.7%. Lafayette’s jobless rate rose 0.1% to 8.4%. West Lafayette’s figure stands at 5.8%, which is down slightly from June.

Despite the increase for Lafayette, unemployment in the city is 1% better than it was a year ago.

IN Chamber surveys show top election issues

Aug 2, 2012
Indiana Chamber of Commerce

Jobs and the economy are the biggest issues on the minds of Hoosier voters. That’s according to polling by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.

President Kevin Brinegar says education in general and the cost of higher education also are top concerns. He made the comments at a luncheon Thursday in West Lafayette.

Brinegar says the Chamber’s survey shows a big difference between federal and state lawmakers too.

Indiana added 5,300 private sector jobs last month, and its unemployment rate dropped for the fourth straight month to 8.2% in March, its lowest level in more than three years.  It’s also the first time since last year that the state and U.S. unemployment rates were at the same level.

Ball State economist Michael Hicks says Indiana’s economy is showing good growth compared to other states, particularly those in the Midwest.

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