Indiana Department of Workforce Development

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On this edition of the podcast you’ll hear the latest on a multi-million dollar tax referendum proposed by the Gary Community School Corp., Justin Hicks reports the Department of Workforce Development says it will soon begin issuing extra $300 payments to unemployed Hoosiers and Chris Nolte has a conversation with CareSource CEO Steve Smitherman about its $5 million in investment to housing projects that focus on underserved communities in high poverty rates. All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”…

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An extra $600 unemployment benefit (Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation) ended this Saturday, meaning unemployed Hoosiers will start getting just less than half their normal weekly income. 

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On this edition of the podcast the you’ll hear the latest on Indiana's state-sponsored coronavirus testing program failing to meet the levels of testing or the speed of results that were touted when it was started in May, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development will stop issuing an additional $600 to recipients of unemployment benefits on July 25th, Monroe County Prosecutor Erika Oliphant has filed charges against two individuals involved in a Fourth of July incident at Lake Monroe and Chris Nolte has a conversation with Ivy Tech Community College President Dr.

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The Indiana Department of Workforce Development says some out-of-work Hoosiers will now have access to an additional 13 weeks of unemployment benefits starting the week ending July 4. In total, it means that between state and federal measures, unemployed workers could access up to a year’s worth of benefits.

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On March 23, just hours before Gov. Eric Holcomb announced the closure of non-essential businesses, the South Bend Police Department received this 911 call. It’s from a staff member at the local WorkOne office.

Blue Chip Casino to Layoff 60% of its Workforce

May 27, 2020

MICHIGAN CITY - Blue Chip Casino Hotel Spa is permanently laying off up to 60 percent of its workers in Michigan City due to the economic fallout from the Coronavirus pandemic.  

The "Times" reports the layoffs will take effect between July 1 and July 14. It's not yet known exactly how extensive the layoffs will be.

The coronavirus pandemic forced the extended shutdown of Northwest Indiana's casinos and they are not allowed to reopen until at least June 14.  The mandatory closures went into effect mid-March.

The U.S. Department of Labor announced Tuesday it’s granting Indiana between $1.5 million and $4.7 million to combat the ongoing effects of the opioid crisis. It will create disaster-relief jobs to treat drug use and addiction. 

The Indiana Statehouse (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
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The Indiana General Assembly passed a bill Wednesday that would give money to adult high school programs to reward student achievement. If signed by Gov. Eric Holcomb, it would create the Workforce Diploma Reimbursement Program.

Gov. Eric Holcomb signs workforce bills with Indiana lawmakers and other state lawmakers and business leaders. (Samantha Horton/IPB News)
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Gov. Eric Holcomb signed both workforce development bills passed during the 2018 session into law Wednesday.

"It’s addressing the needs of yes the employers, but of our citizens," says Holcomb. "That’s the why we are doing this. We are addressing the needs of the people of the State of Indiana.”

House and Senate lawmakers waited until the final day of the session’s halfway point to advance their top priority for 2018: workforce development measures.

State Launches Program To Connect Veterans With Jobs, Housing

Jan 26, 2018

State officials Friday announced a new program that connects veterans with job opportunities and housing. It’s also an effort from the state to fill tens of thousands of unfilled jobs.

The program is called Next Level Veterans – a source for career training and a homebuyer program tailor made for veterans. The state launched a website to act as its hub.

Gov. Eric Holcomb says he wants veterans to consider making Indiana home, as they transition back to civilian life.