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Lisa Ryan, WBOI News

The Fort Wayne Fire Department announced Monday it will hire new firefighters with a $1.4 million grant. The firefighters will fill positions that have been vacant.

At a minimum, there needs to be four firefighters per truck when responding to an emergency.

But when some firefighters retired in recent years, their positions remained empty, meaning others had to work extra hours.

Captain Tom Helmkamp says this overtime means long hours spent away from his family.

Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce

It’s not a bad time to be a recent college graduate looking for a job in Indiana – if you’re in the right field. 

A new study from Georgetown University analyzed data from online job ads. It finds employers advertise more than 60 percent of openings online, and up to 90 percent of those require at least a bachelor’s degree. The findings do not reflect market competitiveness, or the pool of actual job seekers. 

Overall, Indiana ranked 37th for online college labor markets, with about 25,000 jobs posted. 

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Nearly half of all military veterans returning to the workforce leave their jobs in the first year. But one organization, the National Organization on Disability, is helping employers focus on retaining, not just recruiting, veterans to the workforce.

The unemployment rate among post-9/11 veterans in Indiana is more than double the state average. Nationally, the turnover rate for veterans returning to the workforce is about 50 percent in the first year, and about 75 percent within two years. 

One-fifth of Northeast Indiana’s workforce is at or near retirement age. That’s according to a new report out Thursday.

The report from Northeast Indiana Works and the Community Research Institute at IPFW shows more than 20 percent of all working adults in the region are age 55 or older.

The percentages are even higher in public and private education, truck transportation and the manufacturing sector.

But people retire all the time, so why is this important?

Indiana’s private sector added nearly 10,000 jobs last month.  Yet for the fourth consecutive month, the unemployment rate failed to drop.  Still, Governor Mike Pence says July’s employment numbers tell him Indiana’s economy is “all systems go.”

The Hoosier private sector has added jobs for ten consecutive months, surging again in July with 9,900 jobs created.  That boost was led by the manufacturing sector, which added more than 5,000 jobs, the most in the country last month. 

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. 

Brandon Smith

Governor Mike Pence announced Wednesday the Indiana Economic Development Corporation has secured job commitments with a record 261 companies this year. But Pence says there’s still more work to be done.

The job commitments made in 2013, worth more than $2 billion to Indiana’s economy, are  expected to create more than 21,000 jobs in the state over the next several years. The expected jobs will pay a higher wage, nearly 22 dollars an hour, than the state average, which is 20 dollars an hour.

The unemployment rate among young adults in Indiana is significantly higher than the state average and a Ball State economist says Hoosiers in that age group are still struggling to recover from the recession.

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation is deploying a new marketing campaign aimed at reducing the state’s unemployment rate.

Governor Mike Pence often said on the campaign trail he wanted to make Indiana the state that works.  The Indiana Economic Development Corporation is borrowing that slogan for its new marketing campaign. 

State Secretary of Commerce Victor Smith says the campaign will use a broad-based approach that incorporates its new website.

Governor Mike Pence announced Monday that, for the first time, Indiana will tie two percent of state agencies’ budgets to a series of performance metrics.

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