5:15 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Mixed News As Indiana Unemployment Rate Drops

Indiana’s unemployment rate dropped to its lowest level in five and a half years, now lower than the national rate, even as the state’s private sector lost jobs in January.

The Indiana unemployment rate fell nearly half a percent in January, its largest one-month drop in 20 years.  Its rate of 6.4 percent is the lowest since September 2008 and the first time the state’s rate has been below the national average in nearly two years. 

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Politics & Government
12:42 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

New Works Councils Face Tight Deadline

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Indiana’s new Regional Works Councils have a deadline fast approaching – but only one of the 11 councils has met.

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12:05 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

New Tech Middle School Opens in Fort Wayne

Eighth-grader Malique Tai and his group get together to work on a project.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

The New Tech Network works with schools throughout the country to design academic programs that focus on project-based learning and student empowerment. One of only a handful of New Tech middle schools opened in Fort Wayne this year. Towles Middle School is one of many New Techs in Northeast Indiana. The region has one of the highest concentrations of the program in the country.  

This classroom is larger than average, and each student has their own personal laptop to work on. Eighth-grader Malique Tai sits down to his in creative writing and media class.

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11:05 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Leading Index Shows Mixed Signals for Indiana Economy

Credit Courtesy of Indiana University

An Indiana University economist says the Leading Index for Indiana – an economic predictor for the state – is sending mixed messages about the health of the Hoosier economy.

The Leading Index is at its highest point in four months, backed by positive reports from home builders and strong automotive sales.  But Indiana Business Research Center Economic Analysis Director Timothy Slaper says small business optimism is down and rising mortgage rates are dampening enthusiasm. 

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Politics & Government
1:45 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Pence Applauds State Prison-to-Work Program

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Governor Mike Pence is encouraging more companies to take part in HIRE, a state program that helps former convicts reenter the workforce. Pence says the program generated $8 million last year for the state.

Of the more than 20,000 people released from Indiana prisons each year, the Department of Corrections reports 36 percent return to prison within three years.  The recidivism rate climbs to 60 percent if the person is unemployed. 

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10:41 am
Thu November 29, 2012

IEDC announces record year

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

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9:56 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Per capita income stabilizes in region

Since the mid-1990s, per capita income (as a percentage of national per capita income) has been steadily dropping for residents of Northeastern Indiana. But new data released this week shows the downward trend may have finally turned the corner.

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1:28 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Indiana's unemployment rate drops in October

Indiana’s private sector added 7,700 jobs last month and lowered its unemployment rate to 8%.

The unemployment rate fell 0.2% in October, the largest single month drop since April.  It also marked a decrease for the second consecutive month after gaining or holding steady for six months. 

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3:55 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Fort Wayne outpaces nation in job growth

John Stafford, director of the Community Research Institute at IPFW.

A new economic report shows Fort Wayne is among the few areas of the country to outpace the national job growth rate.

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Politics & Government
12:07 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Gregg unveils Hoosier product export plan

Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg Thursday unveiled an eight-point plan aimed at increasing the state’s total exports by 50% in five years.

Gregg applauded the work of Gov. Mitch Daniels in expanding Indiana’s global presence and says as governor, his policies would further that work. 

They include coordinating statewide export strategies, developing tax incentives for Hoosier businesses that export at least 75% of their products and creating an export innovation fund that would provide money to trade associations and private businesses.

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