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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Wabash WorkOne Relocates to Community Learning Center

November 6, 2018
The Wabash WorkOne Northeast career center has relocated to the Wabash County Community Learning Center. 
 
The new address is 277 N. Thorne St., Room 107, Wabash. The last day of service at the former address, 1143 N. Cass St., Wabash, was Nov. 13.
 
The Wabash center at its new location will be open 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays. The phone number remains the same: 260.563.8421.

Northeast Indiana Works Gets $85,000 Workforce Grant

November 1, 2018
The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) has awarded Northeast Indiana Works an $85,000 performance grant to help address critical workforce issues in the region, the state agency announced. 

Northeast Indiana Works plans to use the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) grant to improve adult education operations, where adults who lack a high school diploma can earn an equivalency or certification to help them move to a better job. The grant also will help enhance the Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) program, which targets high school students, and develop career pathways. 

“We extend our appreciation to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development for providing this grant and are thrilled to be able to utilize it for talent development in northeast Indiana, particularly in support of creating career pathways in the food and agriculture sector and enhancing JAG programs at 15 high schools,” said Northeast Indiana Works President Edmond O’Neal. “This additional money comes at a critical time for supporting initiatives that will help the region’s employers fill high-wage in-demand jobs now and in the future.”

Noble County WorkOne Relocates to Impact Institute

June 19, 2018
The Noble County WorkOne Northeast career center is relocating to the Impact Institute, effective June 25.
 
The career center, which is at 524 Fairview Blvd., in Kendallville, will move to 1607 Dowling St., Suite 3B, in Kendallville.  It is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays, although it won’t be open on Thursday, June 21.
 
People interested in seeking WorkOne services June 21 or 22 can visit the center in Auburn at 936 W. 15th St. Hours there are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays.

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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.
I am a 70-year-old disabled Vietnam combat veteran. I had come to the end of my work career and had nothing to look forward to or to motivate me. WorkOne gave me an alternative to giving up. I fought long and hard, went back to school to update my education, and with the help of WorkOne revived my self-respect and self-confidence. I rediscovered my passion for working and became an assistant manager of an automotive parts store.
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