Employment

New jobless claims drop for first time in 4 weeks

August 26, 2010
Associated Press
However, about 10.1 million people were receiving unemployment checks in the week ended Aug. 7, the latest data available. That's up about 260,000 from the previous week.
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Loogootee losing 95 jobs to bedding plant closure

August 13, 2010
Perfect Fit Industries, a supplier of bedding accessories such as mattress pads, pillows and comforters, will shut down its facility in southwest Indiana by the end of the year.
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New jobless claims hit highest level in six months

August 12, 2010
Associated Press
Initial claims for unemployment benefits have now risen in three of the last four weeks and are close to their high point for the year of 490,000, reached in late January.
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Productivity falls for first time since 2008

August 10, 2010
Associated Press
Worker productivity declined at an annual rate of 0.9 percent in the April-to-June quarter after posting large gains throughout 2009, the Labor Department said Tuesday.
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Stocks retreat after disappointing jobs report

August 6, 2010
Associated Press
The disappointing jobs data magnifies worries that slowing growth could end up leading the country back into recession during the second half of the year.
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Kokomo GM plant 'assessing' business operations

July 28, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
GM spokesman Kevin Nadrowski says officials at the Kokomo Integrated Circuit Fab plant met with 375 workers Wednesday to say they're "assessing the business model at the plant based on recent business developments."
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Elevated jobless claims point to weak labor market

July 22, 2010
Associated Press
The sharp increase comes after claims fell steeply two weeks ago to their lowest level since August 2008. But much of that drop was driven by temporary seasonal factors and not an improving job market.
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Indiana's unemployment rate rises slightly

July 20, 2010
Scott Olson
June figure hits 10.1 percent, up a tick from April and May, marking the third straight month Indiana's unemployment rate has been in double digits.
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MARCUS: Indiana jobs situation is improving

July 17, 2010
Morton Marcus
The bleeding seems to have stopped where job loss is concerned, but it's not time to pat ourselves on the back.
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Sales-prospecting firm expects to triple employment in 2010

July 8, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Locally based consultancy LeadJen had 20 employees in January. Halfway through the year, the company already has hired 20 more, and President Jenny Vance expects to add another 20 over the next six months.
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High unemployment prompts new company, The Learning IndexRestricted Content

June 5, 2010
J.K. Wall
A couple of Hoosier entrepreneurs think they can take their career information web site national.
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State unemployment rate climbs back to 10 percent

May 21, 2010
Indiana unemployment figure hits double digits in April for the first time since September, showing how volatile the job market remains.
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Jobless claims rise by largest amount in 3 months

May 20, 2010
Associated Press
Applications for unemployment benefits rose to 471,000 last week, up by 25,000 from the previous week, the Labor Department said Thursday. It was the first increase in five weeks and the biggest jump since a gain of 40,000 in February.
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UPDATE: Arcadia confirms major growth plans

May 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Arcadia Resources Inc. is planning a $3.9 million expansion of its Indianapolis headquarters and pharmacy operations, the company said Thursday morning, confirming that it plans to add as many as 930 jobs by 2013.
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Productivity grew 3.6 percent in first quarter

May 6, 2010
Associated Press
Productivity growth and falling labor costs are good for corporate profits but mean household incomes continue to be squeezed, putting the economic recovery at risk.
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State jobless rate ticks up to 9.9 percent

April 16, 2010
The number of jobs in Indiana rose by 16,600, marking the largest month-to-month increase since September 2005, the Department of Workforce Development said.
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State unveils Web tools aimed to curb unemployment abuse

April 14, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
The Indiana Department of Workforce Development last year identified $3.9 million in unemployment fraud.
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White House hails economic gains, foretells slow recovery

April 4, 2010
Associated Press
Buoyed by good news on the jobs front, the White House claimed credit Sunday for reversing the downward economic spiral while bracing out-of-work Americans for a slow recovery.
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Indiana unemployment rate ticks up to 9.8 percent

March 26, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The state's jobless rate has been either 9.8 percent or 9.7 percent the past four months.
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Jobless claims drop more than expected

March 25, 2010
Associated Press
New claims for unemployment benefits fell more than anticipated last week—partially due to changes in the calculations—as layoffs ease and hiring slowly recovers.
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State lawmakers remain divided; deal by Sunday in doubt

March 12, 2010
Associated Press
The impasse between the two parties over a delay in an unemployment-tax increase is expected to drag the legislative session into the weekend. "Nobody is talking right now," says one legislator.
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Indiana's jobless rate holds steady at 9.7 percent

March 10, 2010
Scott Olson
The state's unemployment rate in January remained unchanged from the seasonally adjusted figure of 9.7 percent Indiana reported in December.
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Weather blamed for unexpected rise in jobless claims

February 25, 2010
Associated Press
New claims for unemployment benefits jumped unexpectedly last week, mostly because state agencies processed a backlog of claims caused by snowstorms the previous week.
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Wintry weather testing work snow-day policies

February 15, 2010
Scott Olson
Coping with wintery blasts is made easier by advancements in work-from-home technology. But different kinds of companies have different policies when it comes to giving employees the option to telecommute or blow off the workday altogether.
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Ivy Tech, IPIC snare $10M in job-training grants

February 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Programs will bolster job opportunities for some 1,700 Indiana workers in sectors including health care and advanced manufacturing.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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