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The nation's unemployment rate held steady at 5.1-percent in September. But two top Indiana economists aren’t pleased with that trend.

Ball State Economist Mike Hicks says the economy added only 142,000 jobs last month. He says that's definitive evidence the economy is slowing.

Hicks says employment is only slightly ahead of expected population growth and that 300,000 people left the labor force. In short, he says twice as many workers quit looking for work last month compared to those who found jobs.

Hicks says he’s concerned about the entire report.

City of West Lafayette

Economic development is tricky business.

Is it worthwhile to bring in a big-name company, but only create a few jobs, or is it better to create handfuls of jobs at a time at new supermarkets and gas stations? Just how much can one high-profile company improve a city’s chances of landing similar developments in the future?

We put those questions West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis this week on Ask The Mayor.

Re-entering The Workforce Series: Part 3 -- Veterans

Aug 14, 2015
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The unemployment rate among Indiana’s veterans is about the same as the state’s overall average of 5.4-percent.

But when you break it down and look specifically at veterans who enlisted after 9/11, that number jumps to about 1 in 10 -- twice the state’s total unemployment rate.

Re-entering The Workforce Series: Part 2 -- Students

Aug 12, 2015
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The workplace is changing at a rapid pace -- employees have to learn how to use new technology every day, jobs can often be more short-term and project-oriented, and companies are looking for people who not only have the skills to fill today’s positions but are able to think ahead and shape how business is done in the future.

Pence Makes First Comments On PR Firm's Departure

Jul 9, 2015
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Governor Pence says the state bailed early on a public relations contract to rehab the state‘s image because it was no longer necessary.

In his first public comments on last week‘s abrupt termination of a contract with Washington-based Porter Novelli, Pence says he supported the May hiring of the firm to assess potential damage from the just-concluded battle over the new religious-freedom law. But he echoes a statement from economic development officials that near-record jobs numbers indicate the state is doing fine on its own.

City of Frankfort

Chris McBarnes will still be one of Indiana’s youngest mayors when he’s re-elected later this year. So how might a second term 20-something use that to his advantage?

On today’s Ask The Mayor, we ponder how Frankfort might position itself in the coming years and whether the youth of the city’s leader might be a selling point for other young professionals looking to start their careers and, more importantly, invest in a city.

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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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Hoosiers enrolled in the Healthy Indiana Plan program will now have access to job training and preparedness resources. 

About 300 thousand people enrolled in HIP 2.0 will soon receive letters inviting them to participate in Gateway to Work, a program run by the state’s Family and Social Services Administration.  FSSA Family Resources director Adrienne Shields says the program is available not just to unemployed HIP 2.0 enrollees, but also to those seeking to move up the ladder.

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Indiana’s unemployment rate fell in March to its lowest level in five months.  But the state’s private sector also lost jobs.

The Hoosier unemployment rate fell one-tenth of a percent to 5.8-percent in March, the second month in a row the rate went down.  But it's still three-tenths of a percent higher than the national average of 5.5-percent.

But that drop may not be good news: the state’s private sector lost 800 jobs last month, fueled by huge losses – more than 5,000 – in the professional and business services sector. 

Courtesy Crawfordsville Mayor's Office

Crawfordsville, like many cities in West Central Indiana, has a bit of an identity crisis. Do leaders follow the Lt. Governor’s motto of “rural is cool” or do they position themselves as the vanguard of technological expansion?

We ask those questions of Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton on this edition of Ask The Mayor, as well as how he plans to weigh those competing interests.

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