Indiana Unemployment

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Indiana’s average unemployment rate in 2020 – 7.1 percent – increased nearly 4 percentage points compared to the year before. Keep in mind: many economists say, due to problems with data collection, it could be even higher.

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20-year-old Luis Vazquez lost his job constructing barricades in March, right before COVID-19 was officially declared a pandemic. Like tens of thousand of Hoosiers since then, he considered applying for unemployment insurance.

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On this edition of the podcast you’ll hear the latest on the search for personnel to staff vaccination sites in Lake County, Justin Hicks reports some unemployed Hoosiers are getting letters from the Department of Workforce Development demanding they pay back thousands of dollars in unemployment benefits and Chris Nolte has a conversation with NFIB Indiana Director Barbara Quandt…All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”…

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On this edition of the podcast you’ll hear the latest on the closing of the last Old Country Buffet restaurant in Indiana, Justin Hicks reports the Indiana Department of Workforce Development is trying to speed up the process for resolving disputes about unemployment eligibility and Chris Nolte has a conversation with northwest Indiana financial advisor Greg Hammer with a look back at the important financial issues of 2020 and putting them in perspective as we look into 2021. All of that, and more, on this edition of “Lakeshore Update”…

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A group of Hoosiers are asking the state to address what they call “disconcerting problems” with the unemployment system. That’s from a letter they sent Gov. Eric Holcomb’s office Monday afternoon.

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Indiana Tech is the state’s first university approved to offer workforce training programs, paid for by the state as part of the Rapid Recovery Plan to get Hoosiers back to work.