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Indiana is just shy of its peak employment level, set in March of 2000. That‘s when the Bureau of Labor Statistics says the Hoosier State had 2,612,600 private sector jobs.  

Indiana Department of Workforce Development Spokesman Joe Frank says the state is now only 7,800 jobs short of that figure. Frank says Indiana's unemployment rate for April dropped by nearly half of a percentage point to 5.4-percent, the lowest it's been since May of 2008.

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Indiana school bus drivers are asking legislators to excuse them from repaying thousands of dollars in unemployment benefits.

Indiana changed the law on unemployment four years ago to make planned seasonal shutdowns ineligible for benefits. Hundreds of school bus drivers applied for benefits anyway while school was out the next summer.

They received them but were subsequently told to give the money back. Those drivers now owe an average of $2,000 to $4,000, according to the AFSCME union.

New Virtual Tool For Job-Seeking Indiana Veterans

Nov 11, 2014
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After years, or even decades of serving their country, it can be difficult for veterans to find a job that suits them once they leave the service.

Against the backdrop of Veterans Day, state leaders are announcing a new online tool to help Hoosier vets in their job search.

Jobs Grow In June And So Does State Unemployment Rate

Jul 18, 2014
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Indiana added more private sector jobs -- 10,000 of them -- last month than any other June on record.

Indiana Department of Workforce Development spokesman Joe Frank says every major industry sector experienced growth.

Frank says manufacturing – the sector the state is most known for – has been one of the key drivers of the job growth.

"Our growth in the manufacturing sector since July 2009 -- the low point of employment in the state -- we've grown 77,800 manufacturing jobs," Frank says. "That's the second-largest increase in the nation."

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Indiana’s unemployment rate in May failed to drop for the first time in nine months, holding steady at 5.7-percent. 

Indiana’s private sector added 48 hundred jobs last month, yet the unemployment rate remained unchanged. 

The Department of Workforce Development says that’s because the state’s labor force increased, with about two thousand unemployed Hoosiers actively resuming the job hunt. 

IN chooses new high school equivalency exam

Aug 30, 2013

A new high school equivalency exam will soon replace the GED in Indiana. The decision was made because beginning next year, GED Testing Service will drop its paper-and-pencil test in favor of an online-only exam. The cost of the test also will rise from the current $70 fee to $120.

Indiana Department of Workforce Development spokesman Joe Frank says cost is just one reason the state is moving away from the GED. He says the new Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) is a better measure of college- and career-readiness.