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Indiana unemployment rate ticks up to 9.8 percent

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Indiana's unemployment rate is holding fairly steady.

The state Department of Workforce Development said Friday that the revised seasonally-adjusted unemployment inched up just one-tenth of a percentage point, to 9.8 percent, for February.

The state's jobless rate has been either 9.8 percent or 9.7 percent the past four months.

Indiana was the only state among its neighbors to report a jobless rate less than 10 percent in February and the only one of the five to report year-to-year unemployment growing less than one percentage point.

The agency said there were more people working in several employment sectors, including manufacturing and professional and business services. Workforce Commissioner Teresa Voors said that sector includes temporary staffing, which often predicts future job growth.

The number of unemployed Hoosiers increased to 329,931 in February from a revised 326,568 in January. The state’s labor force fell slightly in February, to just under 3.1 million, DWD said.

The state's unemployment rate was 9.5 percent a year ago.

The non-seasonally adjusted jobless rate in the Indianapolis metro area was 9.3 percent in January, up from a revised 8.4 percent in December.

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  • Why is everyone getting less money than it once was
    I wonder also why it was dropped from 490.00 to 390.00? They complaing about extending it but nobody but you has even touched on the fact that it is now less than a few years ago. Um did the cost of living go down and nobody told us ha I don't think so. In my opinion there are so many receiving it now that they reduced the amount yup just somehow slipped it in on us. Poor people are so desperate to get anything to be able to survive nobody said anything scared that if they did they might be cut off. That is pathetic because just 100.00 a week difference means the difference between eating and not eating to some people. I do know that things are going to be extremely dangerous in the next two weeks so be very careful. It has already started with the robberies of peoples homes and businesses. Losing your home and being hungry good people do things they would never ever do. Suicides are up by 66% here and other states due to the unemployment stopping. If you are going to stop unemployment at least give the ones that depend on it FIRM NOTICE of at least 6 months notice that it is definate there will be no more instead of leaving them to hang on to a tiny glimmer of hope that it might be extended. Give them a FIRM "NO MORE EXTENTIONS" notice so that they can make arrangements to sell their homes and cars etc. so they don't just lose them. They need time to prepare and make major changes in their lives. Go ahead stop the extentions if that is your intent but have a heart and give them notice. People will hang on to the very last minute because they have hope to keep their home. Just shutting it off without notice is just pure MEAN and it will cause a ripple effect of homeless people, suicides, and unreal crime just by not giving them a FIRM NOTICE...the crime by the way has already started as you already know if you watch the news and just watch what happens over the next few weeks. A tear runs down my face at what I am going to see in the next few weeks and months. Yeah Merry Christmas from your Republicans...Hey Republicans just one thing yeah there are some who just didn't look for a job we realize that but there are also people who have been looking and applying for jobs what about those people? God please help us to survive what we are going to see and go through if unemployment is not extended...I do own a pickup truck and if you need help feel free to just email me and I will come and help you move and I do have 2 extra bedrooms. We don't have much to offer but will gladly share what little we still have. I am so very sorry for the horrid stress that the people are going through right now my heart hurts. Do they not realize that people are killing themselves all over 2 votes by two people who are supposed to take care of their country. No it cannot go on any longer we know that but GIVE THE UNEMPLOYED NOTICE OF A DEFINATE DECISION so they can plan their life accordingly. Yes, I write this with tears running down my face. :(
  • Indiana Welfare HORRIBLE
    Indiana Welfare Privatization Horrific

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    Our Brothers and our Sisters so desperately are in need of services. They are
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  • TO SAK
    You sound like an honest American to you I am sorry if you misunderstood. My posting does not at all include you it is to those abusing the system and you sound like you are not one of them. Good luck in your search for work as there really are not many good jobs out there right now.
  • Sorry Wanda
    Sorry Wanda but if you are as you say CONFUSED about my posting I can clearly see why you cannot find work from reading your comment. I really believe you can't find a job and I do believe that you are not abusing the system. Completing high school might be a start ya think?
  • THANK YOU
    Thanks you so much for all who listened to me vent about this problem. As for those who are not abusing the system you should not take offense at my comment. The old saying still goes "If the shoe fits" and in my opinion it applies here...so if you are not abusing the system you should not take offense or be confused. My heart also goes out to those who are unemployed and really want a job it is just pitiful what is going on. The unemployment here was dropped from 490.00 per week to 370.00 and you are correct in thinking no of knowing that it is due to so many people collecting the benefits. Shame that you cannot receive your full amount because of the lazy bums who commit fraud each and every week when they put their answers on their form. Shame on you and you know who you are and I hope you feel really good about getting hard working people's benefits cut because you want to live for free. This country is in a lot of trouble and apparently we are the only ones who can fix it so lets get to it. Thanks so much again for your comments after reading them I feel better than I have in years it brought a smile to my face which is rare these days. :) ThresaJones@aol.com
  • We contribute to it
    for all the people who have worked their butts off most of their life to end up on umemployment due to government and wallstreet stupidity and lost their job of 9 1/2 to 10 yrs have paid into the unemployment funds to the state so why are you bashing or punishing people for something they had no control over!!!
    • Confused
      I am a little confused at Miss Jones,If you are so OUTRAGED at all of the liars who most by the way worked HARD jobs and would continue to work them had they not been laid off,some of them still looking daily for job's and you make it sound like EVERY person on unemployment is a liar and cheat,also no one enjoys degrading themselves to apply for food stamps. But IF you are so angry and disgusted,EXACTLY why do you help?? You said you fill out forms for people,and that you help them, why not stop helping,not sit and listen and then take everything said to you and write it in here? Just speak up and say you are a liar,go look for a job and THEN come and I will fill it out for you. I am just confused.
    • Unemployed
      I am unemployed, I am using unemployment. I have been looking for a Job and not one damn Job has called me back. Why? I don't know, I took my Resume to Work One, I have done everything they asked me to do, I looked for jobs every week, and yet still can't find any. I might need an extension, but because congress didn't approve it, I am going to be without money coming up really soon. I have been trying to get a Job, but it's a no go. You may say people are abusing the system, and I agree there is always going to be people that abuse the system. Sad thing is Thresa Jones, I am making more money on unemployment than when I was working. I have to take that into consideration when looking for a job. It's coming to a point that I might have to work a fast food job just to survive. I don't want too, I got a degree in business, and still working on my masters. I understand that unemployment won't last forever, but I am going to stay on it, until I find a Good Job and not some Fast Food Job.
      • I agree it is very sad the way people abuse the system
        I agree totally because it is not fair to those actually looking for work. They even cut the benefits in Indiana from 490.00 a week to 370.00 a week because so many people are receiving it. Shameful I hope everybody reads her comment. I was just reading that in Michigan it is HORRIBLE to do anything about unemployment heck it sounded like the whole state is on unemployment very sad I feel so sorry for them and everyone trying to deal with this mess we have going on. good luck to those who are TRULY trying to get a job and not just using the system. I do have a suggestion how about hiring some of the unemployed people to work in the unemployment office since every state seems to be so shorthanded? What a great idea what do you think? Kevin
        • Smart American Girl
          Very smart American girl this Thresa Jones. Good idea thank you very much will keep in mind.
        • I know people who are not looking and lying also
          I know some people that laugh about it to. It is not funny to me. She is right they aren't looking for work at all and just lie when they fill out their form. I was guilty of doing this myself and it is not the right thing to do and still bothers me to this day. It is cheating and morally wrong. I have even given people just random names of businesses out of the phone book to put down and I am sorry and should have never done it but everyone else was doing the same thing. None of us ever completed the requirements of registering at that career place or posting a resume but we figured that nobody ever checks on it apparently so why not. After reading Thresa's posting I feel really really bad now. I won't ever do it again it really is stealing and lying.
        • CAN I GET THRESA JONES EMAIL ADDRESS
          I want Thresa Jones email address I want to thank her and get her ideas on other things going on in this country because most of the things going on make absolutely no sense at all and Thresa Jones makes good old COMMON SENSE......I see she spells her name in an unusual way I am going to google her some guy mentioned Indiana so I guess I will start there and google Thresa Jones Indiana. I will find her. Thanks Thresa
        • Thresa Jones For President
          I don't know how to forward these comments but would someone take the time to forward her solution to USA Today and the State of Indiana and newspapers and every important popular place where people where be sure and see it? This is the best thing I have read in years FORWARD IT ON to the most read newspapers and television stations so we can get it out there. Sorry I just don't know how to do things like this. Save our country forward her whole comment on to everyone. Thanks in advance this just might help our country....any more ideas Thresa Jones we definately want to hear them. She has common sense and I want her as someone making decisions for this country. Thanks again Thresa Jones WOW
        • SHE IS ABSOLUTELY CORRECT--GREAT SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM-WHY DIDN'T THE OFFICIALS THINK OF THESE IDEAS DUH
          Thresa Jones has pegged it right on the money. The officials are causing this situation to get worse and worst by enabling the FRAUD to go on. I know people also that laugh about lying and never even applying for the jobs they are putting down. They have it made living with all your bills paid for years for FREE why would you ever go off this program. It just took one brave Thresa Jones to figure out and fix the problem. So lets get to checking on those magical jobs those people have been applying for. One told me that unemployment couldn't prove anything on him because he says the places that he LIED about putting in an application at throw away applications every 30 days. These crooks seem to know more about scamming you guys that you do. Just one lady has figured this all out and a solution and the officials couldn't maybe you should hire this lady huh? I am going to forward what she wrote to everyone that I know to stop this stealing from us people that actually did take a lower paying crappy job but at least we aren't part of the problem of taking all the state and federal money. Prosecute them for THEFT....and FRAUD and remember to FORWARD that THRESA JONES comment to all the officials especially the ones making the decisions and to everyone that you know that actually works and pays taxes cause we are mad as hell....FORWARD IT FORWARD IT
        • THEY ARE NOT LOOKING FOR JOBS THEY ARE LYING ABOUT APPLYING FOR JOBS--MUST READ THIS--CLICK ON THIS U WON'T BELIEVE THIS.....
          I happen to file unemployment vouchers for other people to help them and only ONE PERSON is looking for a job. Yes the solution is to check and just see how many are actually looking for a job. Then CUT THEM OFF if they are lying about trying to get a job. There are lots of jobs out there but when they are drawing 370.00 a week they don't want to work it is FREE MONEY. Nobody seems to be checking on the jobs people are listing that they are actually just looking up in phonebooks. All U do is put down 3 jobs and not hiring there is no incentive to look for a job the unemployment is was to easy. Make them volunteer at jobs and see how many go and get a job then. Yeah when they hear volunteer to be able to receive your benefits um yeah well they will then magically FIND a job. FRAUD claims and they are not even following the rules for being paid for unemployment. Hire a few short term people to do nothing but VERIFY the jobs that these people are putting down and save MILIIONS of dollars because they are applying at places that they know aren't hiring. Yeah just call some of the places that they STATE that they are going to or calling to get a job and just ask those employers if they have any record of this person applying for a job at their company ha they will say "WHO"? I AM TELLING YOU THAT THESE PEOPLE DO NOT WANT A JOB THEY ARE USING AND ABUSING THE SYSTEM TO THE TUNE OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. MUCH CHEAPER TO HIRE TEMP EMPLOYEES TO FIND THE ONES WHO ARE LYING ABOUT WANTING AND LOOKING FOR A JOB. GO AHEAD MAKE THE ONES THAT ARE ON ALL THE EXTENTIONS LIKE THE ONES DRAWING IT FOR GEE YEARS NOW MAKE EM VOLUNTEER TO KEEP GETTING THE EXTENTION MONEY AND WATCH EM EITHER GET JOBS OR STOP DRAWING. THIS IS BS ARE YOU ALL JUST STUPID NOT TO SEE WHAT IS GOING ON? UNLESS THEY ARE A LAID OFF UNION EMPLOYEE BECAUSE UNION EMPLOYEES CANNOT WORK NON UNION JOBS ANYWAY IF THEY ARE NOT UNION CHECK OUT THE SUPPOSED JOBS THEY HAVE BEEN APPLYING FOR. ANOTHER THING THEY ARE SUPPOSE TO BE APPLYING TO ONLY PLACES THAT ARE HIRING BUT THAT IS NOT WHAT IS HAPPENING. THEY ARE MOSTLY JUST CALLING OUT OF A PHONEBOOK OR MAYBE ONE ACTUAL VISIT WHICH IS WASTED GOING TO PLACES THAT THEY KNOW VERY WELL ARE NOT HIRING. THERE ARE PLENTY OF JOBS OUT THERE THEY MIGHT NOT BE THE BEST JOBS BUT THEY ARE JOBS BUT OH NO THEY ARE TO GOOD TO WORK FOR UNDER 15.00 AND HOUR. WELL, I HAVE NEWS FOR YOU I HOPE THEY SHUT YOU OFF ESPECIALLY THE ONES WHO HAVE BEEN PAID THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS AND HAVEN'T APPLIED AT EVEN ONE PLACE THAT IS ACTUALLY HIRING. WHAT ARE THE PEOPLE DOING AT THE UNEMPLOYMENT AGENCIES CAUSE NOBODY IS CHECKING THE FRAUD THAT IS DEFINATELY GOING ON. I HAVE HAD PEOPLE TELL ME WHILE LAUGHING THAT THEY ARE NOT GOING TO WORK WHY SHOULD THEY WHEN THEY CAN SIT HOME AND DRAW FREE MONEY FOR NOTHING IT IS LIKE A RETIREMENT PLAN FOR LIFE THE WAY THEY HAVE EXTENDED IT SO MANY TIMES. THEY ARE ACTUALLY LAUGHING AT YOU FOR EXTENDING IT YEAH YOU AREN'T HEARING THOSE STORIES YOU ARE ONLY HEARING THE ONES FROM PEOPLE THAT ARE REALLY TRYING TO GET A JOB AND THAT IS NOT VERY MANY. IT REALLY DOESN'T TAKE A ROCKET SCIENTIST TO KNOW THAT THEY ARE NOT REALLY LOOKING FOR JOBS AND I AM DAMN TIRED OF IT MYSELF......BUT OH MY EVERYONE IS JUST TO GOOD TO TAKE A LOWER PAYING OR A JOB THAT THEY DO NOT REALLY LIKE. YOU TAKE WHATEVER YOU CAN GET TO SUPPORT YOUR FAMILY NOT RIP OFF THE UNEMPLOYMENT SYSTEM BUT HECK THEY ARE JUST LETTING YOU GET AWAY WITH IT SO THEY ARE LAUGHING AT YOU AND GOING TO KEEP LAUGHING AND DRAWING THAT FREE MONEY. IT MAKES US THAT REALLY ARE LAID OFF AND REALLY TRYING TO FIND A JOB MAD AS HELL.....IF THEY ARE NOT GOING TO VERIFY THE JOBS THAT PEOPLE ARE UM SAYING THEY ARE TRYING TO GET THEN WE AREN'T GOING TO LOOK FOR A JOB EITHER AND JUST GET OUR FREE MONEY CAUSE IT IS NOT FAIR. HEY WE CAN JUST SIGN UP FOR FOOD STAMPS AND MEDICAID TO GO ALONG WITH OUR UNEMPLOYMENT. YOU HAVE CREATED A BIG MONSTER BY NOT VERIFYING THE JOBS PEOPLE ARE FLAT OUT LYING ABOUT. IT IS NOT JUST US PAYING OUT UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS BUT THESE PEOPLE ARE ALSO DRAWING ALL THE WELFARE FOOD STAMPS AND MEDICAID AND TANF THEY HAVE IT MADE NO WORRIES AND BUYING STEAKS WITH HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS IN FOOD STAMPS. WE HAVE JUST STARTED ON UNEMPLOYMENT AND ARE NOT ONES THAT HAVE BEEN DRAWING IT FOR YEARS NOW WITH ALL THE EXTENTIONS. CUT THEM OFF AND YOU WILL HEAR MOANS AND GROANS SURE BUT THEY ARE FROM THE ONES YOU ARE TAKING AWAY THEIR FREE MONEY FROM AND NOT FROM US THAT THINK 6 MONTHS IS PLENTY OF TIME TO OBTAIN A JOB. YOU ARE JUST CREATING MORE UNEMPLOYMENT BY MAKING IT SO EASY TO JUST STAY ON IT. CUT EM OFF AND SEE HOW FAST THEY MAGICALLY FIND A JOB. WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU THINKING. THEY ARE JUST PLAIN LAZY AND YOU ARE HELPING THEM TO STAY UNEMPLOYED BY LETTING THEM GET BY WITH TELLING YOU THAT THEY ARE ACTUALLY TRYING TO GET A JOB NOW COME ON ACTUALLY CHECK ON A FEW THOUSAND OF THEM AND MOST YOU CHECK ON WILL BE LYING AND PROSECUTE THEM TO THE FULLEST AND MAKE THEM PAY BACK EVERY CENT OF THE MONEY THEY OBTAINED BY FRAUD BY LYING. I WILL WORK FOR FREE AT AN UNEMPOLYMENT AGENCY AND PROVE WHAT I AM SAYING SO THAT I CAN FIX THE PROBLEM I WILL CATCH THEM MAKE EM PAY BACK THE MONEY STOLE FROM THE SYSTEM. I WOULD ACTUALLY CALL THE PLACES THAT THEY SAY THEY UM APPLIED TO OR CALLED AND CALLING SHOULDN'T BE EVEN ALLOWED HOW LAZY IS THAT. HEY GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS YOU ARE JUST MAKING THE PROBLEM WORSE BY EXTENDING BENEFITS TO CROOKS. IT IS A DOMINO EFFECT DO U NOT REALIZE THAT BY LETTING THEM GET BY WITH NOT REALLY APPLYING AT JOBS THAT IT IS CAUSING THEM TO DRAW OTHER FREE STATE AND FEDERAL PROGRAMS. SO BOO HOO TO YOU SCAMMERS WHO ARE ABUSING THE SYSTEM YOU ARE WORTHLESS LAZY PIGS IN MY OPINION.....NOW GO AND REALLY APPLY AND GET A JOB I DON'T CARE IF IT IS WORKING FOR 8.00 AN HOUR DELIVERING PHONE BOOKS OR WORKING AT MCDONALDS YOU HAVE HAD FREE RETIREMENT FOR WAY WAY TO LONG ENOUGH IS ENOUGH THERE ARE JOBS MAKE THESE PEOPLE GET THEM U ARE ENABLING THEM WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE MAKING THESE EXTENTION DECISIONS...HECK USE THIS COMMENT FOR YOUR WAY OUT FEEL FREE. OTHERS WHO FEEL JUST AS I DO COPY THIS AND SEND IT TO EVERY PUBLIC OFFICIAL AND THE DECISION MAKING ONES SO THEY CAN STOP THE EXTENTIONS WITHOUT HEARING THE COMPLAINTS FROM THE UM GREAT JOB SEEKERS THEY ARE PAYING FOR ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. HEY WHY NOT ASK THEM WHERE THEY ARE A VOLUNTEER AT SINCE THEY ARE NOT WORKING SURELY THEY ARE DONATING THEIR TIME TO HELP OTHERS WHO ARE PAYING THEM HA HA. THRESA JONES TIRED OF PAYING PEOPLE WHO AREN'T LOOKING AND DON'T EVEN WANT A JOB. ONE TOLD ME THE OTHER DAY "WE ARE DOING MUCH BETTER ON UNEMPLOYMENT THAN WE DID WHEN I WAS WORKING SO I AM GOING TO DRAW IT AS LONG AS I CAN" BOY THIS REALLY SOUNDS LIKE SOMEONE LOOKING FOR A JOB TO ME HUH? PUT A STOP TO ENABLING LAZY PEOPLE TO DO NOTHING AND GET PAID FOR IT NOW BEFORE YOU WASTE ANY MORE MONEY AND U ARE CAUSING EVERYONE TO GET FOOD STAMPS AND MEDICAID WHAT A LIFE SOUNDS REALLY GOOD TO ME.....
        • Why is the GOP against employement and unemployement?
          Gee, makes you wonder who the GOP is for when they continue to say Do Nothing, Just Say No, and it will solve all the economic woes the world has ever seen. Time to let them see the other side of the employement issue. Unemploy them

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