Indiana Department of Workforce Development

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.

Governor Mike Pence announced the creation of another state agency aimed at helping coordinate Indiana's education and career development efforts. 

Since Pence took office seven months ago, he’s played a part in creating the Indiana Career Council and Regional Works Councils, placing a renewed emphasis on career and technical education.  He’s taken another step in that direction by signing an executive order creating the Center for Education and Career Innovation. 

Indiana’s unemployment rate declined in May as the private sector added 9,000 jobs during the month, according to new data released Friday. The rate is 8.3%, down 0.2% from April.

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development reports employment of Hoosiers is now at pre-recession levels not seen since July of 2008.

Unemployment in Tippecanoe and surrounding counties is mostly up for May. Benton County saw the largest decline at 0.6% to 8.2%. There was a 0.1% decline in Clinton and White counties.

LARA notifies test takers of GED changes

Jun 18, 2013

Indiana will have a new high school equivalency test in 2014.

The director of the Lafayette Adult Resource Academy (LARA) says that means people in the midst of completing the GED exam need to act before December 31st. Trish Maxwell says if they don’t, they’ll have to start all over again.

She says LARA offers free preparation help and childcare for those who need it.

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State leaders are calling a program to put former inmates to work a success. The Hoosier Initiative for Re-Entry – or HIRE – is a cooperative effort between the state departments of workforce development and correction, along with Indiana businesses.

Of the more than 20,000 people released from Indiana prisons each year, the Department of Correction reports 36% return to prison within three years.  The recidivism rate climbs to 60% if the person is unemployed.  The HIRE program was created last year to provide inmates a path to the workforce. 

IN doesn't like GED changes

May 24, 2013

Indiana officials are looking at options for a new high school equivalency credential exam.

The Department of Workforce Development and similar offices in nearly all the other states are seeking alternatives to the traditional GED. The move comes as Pearson, the company that owns the rights to the current test, plans to move it online and nearly double the price.

A DWD spokesperson says going online only will cut in half the number of available places to take the test in Indiana. Officials also worry Hoosiers won’t be able to afford the higher cost.

IN unemployment rate declines in April

May 17, 2013

Indiana’s unemployment declined 0.2% in April. The Department of Workforce Development reports that was the largest one month decline in more than a year and happened even though there were fewer manufacturing and construction jobs available. Indiana’s unemployment is 8.5%, which is close to what it was in April, 2012.

The unemployment rate in Tippecanoe and surrounding counties fell in April – in most cases, more than a full point.

IN unemployment rate unchanged in March

Apr 19, 2013

Unemployment held steady at 8.7% in March for Indiana.

The Department of Workforce Development reports an increase in manufacturing jobs balanced a loss of about 11,000 private sector jobs during the month.

Tippecanoe and one other surrounding county saw a slight increase in unemployment for March. Clinton County’s rose a tenth to 8.8%, while Tippecanoe’s climbed 0.2 to 8.1%.

IN unemployment rate increases in December

Jan 18, 2013

Indiana’s unemployment rate rose two tenths from November to December to 8.2%. The state reports an additional 15,000 Hoosiers were looking for work last month, bringing the total number of those seeking a job to 267,000.

In comparison, the unemployment rate was 8.9% in December, 2011. Among neighboring states, Ohio and Kentucky have better rates, while Illinois and Michigan are slightly worse.

November unemployment steady for IN, up for region

Dec 21, 2012

Unemployment in Indiana held steady from October to November at 8%, despite a loss of 9,800 jobs last month.

Officials with the Department of Workforce Development say the decline in the number of positions is due mostly to seasonal construction jobs. They say initial jobless claims are at a level not seen since 2005, and the state is doing better than a year ago, when unemployment was 9.1%.