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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 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. For statewide information related to COVID-19, go here. For employers planning large layoffs (50 or more), please visit here. For a look at some companies that are hiring in the midst of the virus outbreak, go here


Study: Region Losing High School, College Graduates

September 27, 2019
Forty-eight percent of high school and college graduates in northeast Indiana are no longer in the region five years after graduation, analyses released by Northeast Indiana Works show.
Most other regions in the state, according to the analyses, have higher percentages.
 “Nevertheless, the data indicates the need in northeast Indiana to not only continue to encourage talent to return to the region after going away and presumably acquiring skills but also to retain college-informed talent and utilize their knowledge to help companies and the economy prosper,” said Northeast Indiana Works President Edmond O’Neal.
The data was compiled by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development using information from the Indiana Management Performance Hub. In determining the movements of high school and college graduates, a graduate was considered in northeast Indiana if that person had a college enrollment or covered employment wage record in the region. The data included all Indiana public high school and college enrollments and some private school enrollments.
In both the high school and college data, the specific in-state locations of small percentages of graduates could not be accounted for because they worked for a multi-county establishment or they were tied to Purdue University Polytechnic statewide. Out-of-state locations were not determined.

More in Region Are Earning High School Diplomas, Equivalency

September 24, 2019
An increasing number of people in northeast Indiana have earned a high school diploma or the equivalent, but there are still 75,157 people without those all-important credentials, according to U.S. Census Bureau data released by Northeast Indiana Works.
According the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey Five-Year Estimates, the number of people in northeast Indiana 18-years-old and older without a high school degree or the equivalent (HSE or GED) declined from 79,241 during 2008-2012 to 75,157 during 2013-2017. Conversely, the number of people with those credentials rose from 476,079 to 494,806.
“High school diplomas or the equivalent are essential portals to additional learning that can ensure self- or family-sustaining careers,” said Edmond O’Neal, president of Northeast Indiana Works. “Without one or the other, a person’s ability to make a good living is significantly impeded.”
The focus on high school diplomas and equivalent credentials comes during National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, which runs through Sept. 28 and is designed to raise public awareness about resources available for people with low literacy skills.

Allen WorkOne Gets National American Legion Award

July 16, 2019
The WorkOne Northeast career center in Fort Wayne has received the American Legion National Employment Service Award in recognition of efforts to ensure the economic well-being of Indiana’s veterans.
The award was presented July 13 in Indianapolis.
Specifically, the career center was recognized for outstanding service in connecting veterans to employment and training opportunities, helping employers understand how military skills correlate to civilian employment, and working with other community organizations to assist veterans.

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Northeast Indiana Works and WorkOne Northeast are working with more than 50 employers who are trying to fill jobs, amid thousands of workers being sidelined by the coronavirus pandemic. Read the full story here.

State Unemployment Stays at 3.1%; Remains Below National Rate

Indiana’s unemployment rate remained at 3.1 percent for February and was lower than the national rate of 3.5 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 the full story here.

Gatman Named Executive Director of Noble County Economic Development

Gary Gatman, a longtime regional workforce development executive and formerly a vice president at Northeast Indiana Works, has been named executive director of the Noble County Economic Development Corporation.  Read the full story here

WorkOne Helps Bosnia Native Earn HSE, Medical Assistant Certification

Ramiza Rizvic of Fort Wayne, a native of Bosnia, earned her High School Equivalency (HSE) and clinical medical assistant certification with the help of WorkOne. Read the full story here.

$125,000 Grant Will Help Increase Educational Attainment

Northeast Indiana has been designated a Talent Hub by Lumina Foundation in partnership with The Kresge Foundation and will receive a $125,000 grant to support local efforts to increase educational attainment. Read the full story here. 

Region's Per Capital Income Grows; Still Lags National Average

Per capita personal income in northeast Indiana’s 11 counties continues to grow at a faster rate over recent years, but growth in 2018 lagged behind the nation, according to numbers released by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. 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.
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