WorkOnes Closed
All 11 WorkOne Northeast career centers are closed to the public indefinitely. The action is designed to protect WorkOne customers, staff members, their families and the community at large as the region and nation tackle COVID-19.  People must file for unemployment benefits online by computer, tablet or smartphone here and can learn more about the current process for handling claims here in a series of videos. People can search for jobs online here. Selected jobs will also be posted on the WorkOne Northeast Facebook page. People will be able to contact by phone WorkOne staff and leave a voicemail message. Because of the high volume of calls, return calls may take longer than usual. We apologize for any inconvenience. Career center numbers can be found here. When the centers reopen, we have developed a plan to address the safety of staff and customers. That plan can be found here. For statewide information related to COVID-19, go here. For a look at northeast Indiana employers still hiring in the midst of the pandemic, consult this list. For help in finding food assistance sites, consult this interactive map


Virtual Healthcare Job Fair Attracts 691 Registrants

April 23, 2020
Northeast Indiana Works and WorkOne Northeast, in conjunction with the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD), conducted a virtual healthcare job fair April 22.

The fair included five healthcare providers, was in response to the significant continuing demand for healthcare workers in northeast Indiana, and was an ideal platform for employee recruitment during a time of social distancing. On average, Northeast Indiana Works and WorkOne Northeast, working with community partners, arrange 250 in-person job fairs a year.

Participating in the virtual healthcare job fair were Adams Memorial Hospital, Cameron Memorial Community Hospital, Indiana University Health, Marion General Hospital and Parkview Health. Also participating was 3rd Congressional District U.S. Rep. Jim Banks, R-IN.

The virtual fair drew 691 registrants, which was a record for virtual job fairs conducted in partnership with DWD. Of those, 256 attended the job fair. All registrants will receive a recording of the virtual fair.

DWD, WorkOne Northeast Host Live UI Facebook Presentation

April 10, 2020
The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) and WorkOne Northeast hosted a live Facebook presentation April 8 in which DWD discussed the latest available details on the federal stimulus package (CARES Act) and other topics associated with unemployment.

The hour-long program included information for self-employed individuals and contractors affected by COVID-19, as well as the most commonly asked unemployment questions DWD receives.

A recording of the live event can be accessed at or at

8 Graduate from Building Futures, Acquire Skills

January 27, 2020
Eight people graduated from a Building Futures pre-apprenticeship program in January.

Building Futures is a 22-day program that helps participants acquire skills in the building trades and gives them an opportunity to earn several certifications. The program is made possible through a partnership between the Northeast Indiana Building & Construction Trades Council, Northeast Indiana Works and Ivy Tech Community College.

Graduating were Ernijah Auguste, Nicholas Bolin, Darell Davis, Troy Ditaway, David Myers, Santario Simpson, Maurice Taylor and Gary Wilkerson.

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Allen County Initial UI Claims Already Exceed Total for 2008

First-time jobless claims from Allen County residents for the first 16 weeks of this year have reached more than 32,160 and now exceed the total for 2008, the biggest stretch of the Great Recession. Calculations by Purdue University Fort Wayne's Community Research Institute also show these initial claims for unemployment benefits are on pace to exceed those filed in 2009. Read the full story here.

Kokomo GM Plant Hiring 1,000; Will Build 30,000 Ventilators

Ivy Tech Community College is assisting General Motors Co. in its efforts to quickly fill more than 1,000 full- and part-time temporary jobs at its Kokomo plant to help current employees produce 30,000 ventilators by the end of August. A virtual job fair will be conducted May 6. Read the full story here.

Dale Buuck Named President of Whitley Economic Development

Dale Buuck has been named president of the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation. He previously held leadership positions with the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. Read the full story here.

UI Recipients Begin Getting $600 Federal Pandemic Payments

Hoosiers who are receiving regular unemployment insurance benefits have begun seeing the additional $600 weekly payment from the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program, ahead of the announced date of April 20, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD). Read the full story here.

March State Unemployment at 3.2%; Remains Below National Rate

Indiana’s unemployment rate was at 3.2 percent for March and was lower than the national rate of 4.4 percent. It is important to note, however, that the state rate was based largely on a survey taken on March 12, which was before unprecedented layoffs were reported as a result of COVID-19.  Read the full story here.
WorkOne Northeast gave me a chance to start over in a new career, even at my age. Through education and training, I’m learning an in-demand trade as a CNC machinist at Greatbatch Medical and making a living wage at the same time. Thank you WorkOne for giving me the chance to show the world that old dogs can learn new tricks.
Rebecca Miller