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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.

Justin Hicks / IPB News

A new federal law gives states the ability to open up their unemployment insurance benefits to self-employed workers. But it could take weeks before Indiana receives guidance on how to actually implement that change. 

At a hotel near the interstate in Elkhart, you might find Janet Reason serving drinks to business travelers in the lobby. She often starts up conversations with folks by asking what company they’re working with.

"The funny thing is when they say what company, I already know the HR’s [reps] name off the top of my head," Reason says.

Today:   We talk with Robin Minton-Holmes with the Center for Workforce Innovations and Allison Bertl, WorkOne business services manager, about the latest northwest Indiana Workforce Board report on the state of the Region's workforce and job markets available to those seeking employment.  Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson also interviewed Heather Ennis with the Northwest Indiana Forum about the organization's work on a region-wide plan.

Sharon Jackson / Lakeshore Public Media

There are jobs to be landed in Northwest Indiana.  That was proven recently at the Hammond Job Fair.  About one thousand prospective employees attended the event Thursday March 9th at the Hammond Civic Center.  Africa Tarver, Director of Economic Development with the city of Hammond says 84 companies were at the fair ready to talk to candidates.   She also says the event has experienced huge growth since Hammond's first job fair 14 years ago.  Tarver says she thinks the event is an important vehicle that addresses the hiring needs of Hammond and the surrounding communities and in that it g