Employment

U.S. unemployment rate remains at 7.8 percent

January 4, 2013
Associated Press
U.S. employers added 155,000 jobs in December, a steady gain that shows hiring held up during the tense negotiations to resolve the fiscal cliff.
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Fort Wayne church insurer plans to add 102 jobs

December 27, 2012
Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Co. expects to hire the employees by 2016 as part of a $15 million expansion that includes building a 54,395-square-foot facility at its headquarters.
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State’s unemployment rate holds steady at 8 percent

December 21, 2012
Scott Olson
Indiana shed 9,800 private-sector jobs in November, mainly due to losses in the construction industry, according to state officials.
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Japanese automakers help drive economyRestricted Content

December 8, 2012
Dan Human
A deal struck 25 years ago brought Subaru-Isuzu to Indiana. Toyota followed in 1996, and Honda came in 2008. The three Japanese automakers now collectively employ 10,000 and support thousands more jobs at suppliers across the state.
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U.S. economy adds 146,000 jobs as unemployment rate slips

December 7, 2012
Associated Press
The Labor Department's report Friday offered a mixed picture of the economy. Hiring remained steady during November in the face of looming tax increases. But the jobless rate slipped in part because more people stopped looking for work.
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IU: Growth of Indiana’s labor force slowing rapidly

November 13, 2012
Scott Olson
The Indiana Business Research Center attributes the predicted slowdown during the next 30 years to an increasing number of baby boomers entering retirement and a cresting of the decades-long rise in female labor force participation.
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U.S. unemployment rate rises despite job gains

November 2, 2012
Associated Press
President Barack Obama will face voters with the highest unemployment rate of any incumbent since Franklin Roosevelt.
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Cummins shortens work week at Columbus factory

October 5, 2012
Associated Press
The engine maker says that slowing demand led to the decision to scale back hours for the 350 workers at its Columbus Fuel Systems Plant. The new four-day workweek will continue indefinitely.
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U.S. unemployment rate falls to 7.8 percent, wages rise

October 5, 2012
Associated Press
The nation's jobless rate fell from 8.1 to a 44-month low of 7.8 percent in September, according to government data, as employers added 114,000 jobs. Wages rose over the month, and more people started looking for work.
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Food-equipment maker closing state plant with 235 workers

September 10, 2012
Manitowoc Foodservice said it will eliminate 235 jobs with a Fort Wayne plant closure slated for April 30. The company gave no reason for its decision.
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Cummins distributor plans to add 75 jobs in Indianapolis

September 5, 2012
Indianapolis-based Crosspoint Solutions LLC, a manufacturer of electric auxiliary power units, plans to hire the workers by 2016 as part of a $935,000 expansion.
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Elkhart factory to close by 2013, costing 210 jobs

July 26, 2012
Associated Press
Auto-parts maker Gunite Corp. plans to move its manufacturing operations to Rockford, Ill., phasing out Elkhart workers beginning in late September.
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J.C. Penney closing distribution center, laying off 230

July 2, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The distribution center, which opened in 2002 near the Indianapolis International Airport, will close by the end of September, company officials said.
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State’s unemployment rate held at 7.9 percent in May

June 15, 2012
The May jobless rate in Indiana was unchanged from April, although the state added 7,700 private-sector jobs last month, with gains in sectors including trade, transportation, utilities, and private educational and health services.
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Manufacturing employment coming back, but without the wages of yesteryearRestricted Content

June 9, 2012
Dan Human
Recovery in manufacturing—one of Indiana’s best-paying employment sectors—has been a much celebrated change after years of decline. But many of those jobs are returning with lower wages as employers keep up with growing global competition.
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Firm finds opportunity helping employers with hiringRestricted Content

April 28, 2012
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Rushville-based Barada Associates Inc. specializes in helping business clients make good hiring decisions—services that have become more popular as companies find themselves inundated with eager applicants looking for work.
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Hundreds losing jobs at local Aurora Bank office

April 25, 2012
Scott Olson
The bank said it will terminate all 450 employees at its office on the northeast side of Indianapolis as the troubled residential mortgage servicing provider prepares to sell a large portion of its assets.
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Researchers mull reasons behind Indiana's gender wage gap

April 23, 2012
Associated Press
Reasons for Indiana's wage gap between men and women range from the job mix in the state to whether women are staying in the workforce or taking breaks to have children.
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Unemployment benefit requests jump again

September 15, 2011
Associated Press
The number of people applying for unemployment benefits jumped last week to the highest level in three months, another sign that the job market remains depressed.
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EDITORIAL: Invest in the underemployedRestricted Content

August 27, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Armies of people find themselves lingering on the sidelines.
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This year's metro area job losses deeper than in peer citiesRestricted Content

August 27, 2011
J.K. Wall
As the national economy sputters, the Indianapolis area is losing jobs faster than its peers, falling to levels not seen since 2002.
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Jobless rate falls to 9 percent despite weak job growth

February 4, 2011
Associated Press
The economy generated only 36,000 net new jobs in January, the fewest in four months, but the unemployment rate fell because many of those out of work gave up on their job searches.
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National unemployment claims drop sharply

October 28, 2010
Associated Press
Fewer people applied for unemployment benefits last week, the second drop in a row and a hopeful sign the job market could be improving.
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Beckman Coulter plans $18.2M expansion, 100 new jobs

October 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff
California-based life sciences firm Beckman Coulter Inc. is planning its third local expansion since 2007, investing $18.2 million in its Indianapolis operation and adding as many as 95 jobs here in the next three years.
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Greencastle auto supplier cutting 202 employees

September 13, 2010
International Automotive Components Group said the layoffs will occur in two stages—on Nov. 10 and again on Dec. 13. Expiring contracts are responsible for the cuts, said a company spokesman, who added that the employees could be recalled.
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