WorkOnes Open Walk-In Service
All 11 WorkOne Northeast career centers are scheduled to open to walk-in customers beginning the week of July 6. Service is also available by appointment. (See story below.) Hours and days of operation at the centers can be found here. The centers will be closed July 3 in observance of the Fourth of July. People must continue to file for unemployment benefits online here. If you're having difficulty with your claim, here are the possible reasons. Staff at the centers are practicing extensive safety precautions and encouraging customers to also follow certain safety procedures. Because of the safety precautions, walk-in customer capacity will be limited.  We have developed a plan to address the safety of WorkOne Northeast staff and customers. That plan can be found here.

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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.

May Designated CTE Awareness Month, Signing Days Planned

May 3, 2019
Northeast Indiana Works and the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership have designated May Career and Technical Education (CTE) Awareness Month in the region.
 
It is a first-of-its-kind regional designation for CTE programs and a number of activities have been planned, including a May 22 visit by Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch to an event hosted by FWCS Career Academy at Anthis. All of the events throughout the region will involve signing ceremonies in which high school students who have completed a CTE course of study and landed a job symbolically sign on with their employers. Some of the students will have earned industry-recognized credentials or college credits.
 
Edmond O’Neal, president of Northeast Indiana Works, said designating the month and holding the events is patterned after signing days that typically recognize the college choices of athletes.
 
“Historically, educational or athletic recognition has been reserved for high school students who are about to enter college or those who are about to graduate from college,” O’Neal said. “And yet, many of our high school students are choosing to pursue education and training that allows them to go directly into the workforce.
 
“Typically, CTE students who do that are taking on jobs that are critical to both their own economic stability and the economic stability of region employers. Their accomplishments are equally significant to the accomplishments of students who choose a college path.”
 
John Sampson, president and CEO of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, linked the focus on CTE training and awareness to the prosperity and growth of the region overall.
 
“For northeast Indiana to succeed in today’s global economy, we must encourage students to pursue a variety of different career paths, including two- and four-year college degrees and CTE programs,” Sampson said. “Regional employers are eager to access skilled workers now, and CTE programs can provide the talent companies need to sustain and grow operations.”

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State Unemployment Dips to 12.3%; Lower Than the National Rate

Indiana’s unemployment rate dropped to 12.3 percent for May and is lower than the national rate of 13.3 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

DWD: Scammers Preying on People Filing for Unemployment

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) has issued a fraud alert to notify those who have filed for unemployment insurance benefits in 2020 that they need to protect their personal information from potential scammers. Read full story here.

Feds OK Reimbursement to State for Extension of Unemployment Benefits

On June 5, 2020, the United States Department of Labor notified the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) that Indiana has triggered “on” Extended Benefits (EB). The EB program provides federal reimbursement to the state for up to an additional 13 weeks of unemployment insurance benefits. EB took effect on June 7, 2020.  Read the full story here

Professional Development Sessions for High School, College Students

The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, in collaboration with OrthoWorx, is hosting five free professional development sessions virtually for high school and college students throughout Indiana as part of the Regional Internship Program for Employers. The first session is June 11. Read the full story here

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.

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.
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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