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Indiana Department of Workforce Development

Indiana Department of Workforce Development

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Labor Force Participation at Highest Point Since 2009
Nearly 13,000 more Hoosiers found employment in May 2016 than the previous month while the number of unemployed dropped by more than 5,000.  This positive ratio enabled Indiana’s labor force, a measure of Hoosiers employed or seeking employment, to continue its positive momentum and bring total labor force growth to more than 186,000 since January full report

Partnership Offers Robotics Program for Indiana Elementary Schools
Governor Mike Pence and DWD Commissioner Steven J. Braun announced a new partnership with TechPoint Foundation for Youth (TPF4Y) to provide elementary schools across the state with robotics kits. This partnership will introduce Hoosier fourth and fifth graders to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) more

Uplink: Updated Claimant Requirements
Beginning Thursday, April 14, 2016, unemployment insurance claimants will be required to provide a working email address and information about their driver’s license or state identification card, if they have a license or card, when they log into their Uplink accounts...learn more

Attention Hoosier Employers, HR Personnel and CPA’s
This year you will notice a decrease in the amount you must pay the federal government in Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) premiums. This is due to the fact that in the fall of 2015, the State of Indiana repaid in full the unemployment insurance trust fund loan from the federal government, which was incurred during the Great Recession. As a result, FUTA taxes paid in 2016 will be $42 per employee, instead of $168 per employee. Click here for an example of IRS form 940, schedule A for 2015, payable 2016, which outlines the lack of FUTA credit reductions in 2016 for Hoosier employers.

Occupational Demand Report (SEA 301)
In accordance with Senate Enrolled Act No. 301, DWD is required to prepare an Occupational Demand Report by July 1, 2016. The report represents the expected workforce needs of Indiana employers for a ten-year projection, along with associated education and training that will be required to meet these workforce needs.  DWD consulted with the Commission for Higher Education and Ivy Tech Community College in the preparation of the report.  Per SEA 301, DWD is also required to consult with Indiana Regional Works Council, as well as employer and labor organizations. 

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