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Indiana's unemployment rate stands at 3.6 percent for the month of April
Indiana’s unemployment rate stands at 3.6 percent for April, and the national rate also stands at 3.6 percent. The monthly unemployment rate is a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicator that reflects the number of unemployed people seeking employment within the prior four weeks as a percentage of the labor force...read more

DWD unveils improved Unemployment Insurance system for employers
The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) has completed a major redesign of its Uplink Employer Self Service System (ESS) to better meet the needs of employers. ESS provides employers with online access to Unemployment Insurance account information, including report submission, tax payments and information on account issues...read more

DUA Benefits Extended for Hurricane Victims
Individuals who relocated from Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands following Hurricanes Irma and Maria gain access to a 26-week extension of Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) benefits. The Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018, Public Law No. 115-254 was enacted Oct. 5, 2018, extending the duration of DUA for individuals unemployed as a direct result of the major disasters declared due to Hurricanes Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This law extends the number of weeks in the disaster assistance period (DAP) from 26 to 52 weeks after the date of the disaster declaration...read more

High school students honored at JAG State Career Development Conference
Nearly 200 high school students from across the state competed in 10 different categories at the 11th annual Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) Career Development Conference in Indianapolis on March 15...read more

Request for Application (RFA) for Expanding Registered Apprenticeship (RA) and Quality Pre-Apprenticeship Programs in Indiana
On Oct. 21, 2016, DWD was awarded an ApprenticeshipUSA State Expansion Grant (SEG) from the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) to expand RA programs throughout Indiana. As part of the State Apprenticeship Expansion (SAE) grant, the original grant will be extended through Oct. 31, 2020. This additional grant is to support RAs and programs that may lead to RA opportunities. Click here to access the RFA. Click here to access a frequently asked questions and answers resource for the RFA.

DWD's virtual job fair for inmates receives national award
The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) has been recognized nationally for an online virtual job fair it conducted last year for incarcerated individuals. DWD on March 6 received the prestigious William J. Harris Equal Opportunity Award at the National Association of State Workforce Agencies' (NASWA) 2019 Winter Policy Forum in Washington, D.C....read more

2019 big year for DWD's apprenticeship program
The state's Office of Work-Based Learning & Apprenticeship has hit the ground running in 2019, confident it will reach an important goal by the end of the year. Created last March via an Executive Order from Gov. Eric Holcomb, the office is tasked with doubling the number of Indiana residents in various types of work-based learning programs, from 12,500 to 25,000 by the end of 2019...read more


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