Senator Mike Delph (R-Carmel) wants each state agency to set aside 10% of its contracts each year for veteran-owned small businesses. 

Governor Mike Pence signed an executive order his first day in office establishing a goal of procuring 3% of state contracts for veteran-owned businesses. 

The 10% goal has the backing of the American Legion in the state. Commander Richard Jewell says that could help reduce veteran unemployment, which is double the state rate.

Gov. Pence holds jobs roundtable in Lafayette

Jan 25, 2013

Governor Mike Pence is getting input from business and civic leaders as he tours the state. He held a jobs roundtable at Subaru of Indiana Automotive Friday afternoon with about a dozen executives and the mayors of Lafayette and West Lafayette.

He presented his Road Map for Indiana plan and continued to push for a 10% income tax cut for all Hoosiers.

"That would also lower taxes on more than 90% of small business owners and farmers in this state."

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.

Chromcraft Revington closing Delphi location

Jan 14, 2013

Chromcraft Revington is closing its distribution center in Delphi. The move impacts 16 employees, who have been offered other jobs with the company.

The work in Delphi will be moved to the furniture manufacturer’s Mississippi operations. A statement from the company says various options are being considered for the equipment and facility in Delphi.

Mayor Randy Strasser says he’s disappointed by the decision, but wishes the company success. He says he will focus on assisting the employees who are not relocating.

The statement from the company is below:

Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers says it will take a joint effort from students, the state and its colleges and universities to meets the needs of a changing workforce.  She made the comment during the inaugural State of Higher Education address.

Currently, less than a third of Hoosiers have completed education beyond high school.  Lubbers says it will be hard to improve that figure when people don’t see an adequate return on investment from higher education.

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%.

After already breaking the state’s record for job commitments in 2012, nine more companies have pledged to create more than 2,500 jobs over the new few years in locations around Indiana.

A recent New York Times report, cited by Indiana Economic Development Corporation CEO Dan Hasler during Tuesday’s announcement, showed Indiana offering the lowest economic and tax incentives to incoming businesses compared to neighboring states.  Hasler says Indiana wants to focus more on improving its overall business climate.

A new coalition of state policymakers and community activists wants to spend more time and money on addressing the Indiana workforce’s skills gap. 

The Indiana Skills2Compete Coalition is comprised of a bipartisan group of lawmakers, government officials, educators and community leaders.  The group is calling for an increased emphasis on middle-skills training, those jobs which require more than a high school diploma but less than a four-year degree.

With a month still to go this year, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) announced 2012 will set a record for commitments from companies to locate or expand operations in the state. Still, IEDC CEO Dan Hasler says he’d still like to see more the commitments turn into actual jobs.

The corporation reports 220 companies have made commitments to it this year to expand or establish new operations in Indiana, translating to around $3.6 billion in investments and more than 20,000 jobs.

Unemployment rate improves for state in October

Nov 20, 2012

The private sector added 7,700 new jobs in Indiana last month. That growth is the largest monthly jobs gain since May. It also drops the state’s unemployment rate to 8%, down 0.2% from September.

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development reports private sector employment is roughly 96% of what it was in 2007 before the recession.

Locally, unemployment increased 0.1% in Lafayette and West Lafayette to 7.1% and 4.7%, respectively.