After a year of epic job losses, waves of coronavirus infections, and small business closures, numerous trends are brightening the outlook.
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IPS is not alone in the struggle to hire and retain staff of color. School districts in Indianapolis, throughout the state, and nationwide also have labored over trying to recruit teachers and other staff of color.Read More
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Local production bakery plans $25M expansion, 50 new hires
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Bastian Solutions, which makes conveyor systems, robotics and other automated materials-handling items often used by the retail industry, has seen growth accelerate because of the pandemic.
Luis Orbegoso, 50, joins Allegion from American Residential Services. He’ll be based in Allegion’s Carmel office and oversee the security-products company’s operations in the Americas.
Indy Chamber executive Ian Nicolini has moved into the organization’s long-vacant role of chief operating officer, and Portia Bailey-Bernard has taken over Nicolini’s former position as the chamber’s economic development leader.
IMH said it plans to move Mainstay’s equipment and its 38 employees to its Indianapolis facilities by year’s end. Both companies are in the metal fabrication business.
The September jobs report coincides with other data that suggests that while the economic picture may be improving, the gains have slowed since summer.
The project, which includes plans for a $125 million expansion of the Indiana Convention Center, would also create 2,500 construction jobs before completion in 2025.
Some of the biggest companies pledging solidarity with their black employees and the black community often fall short in their efforts to recruit, maintain and promote minorities within their own ranks.
In Friday’s hiring data, besides reporting the healthy November gain, the government revised up its estimate of job growth for September and October by a combined 41,000.
Katiera Winfrey, who grew up in Indianapolis, will be “the state’s first-ever television journalist dedicated exclusively to covering stories affecting Indiana’s diverse population,” according to station officials.
U.S. employers added a solid 128,000 jobs in October, a figure that was held down by a now-settled strike against General Motors that caused several thousand workers to be temporarily counted as unemployed.
With the unemployment rate at 3.2% and competition growing as multiple companies ramp up hiring, finding seasonal employees will be tough.
WISH-TV said the hiring will be part of “an unprecedented news coverage expansion initiative being rolled out over the next several months” by the station’s new owner.
U.S. businesses added a healthy 195,000 jobs last month, a sign companies are still hiring at a brisk pace despite the ongoing trade war with China.
Companies banged up during the Great Recession a decade ago have been preparing for the next slowdown by keeping workforces lean, adding technology and avoiding excessive debt.
The site is the same one FedEx Corp. had designated for a $259 million distribution center that would have employed 450 workers, but those plans were called off in March 2018.