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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Adams County WorkOne Center in Decatur Moves to New Home

May 31, 2018
The Adams County WorkOne Northeast career center in Decatur is relocating to the Adams County Service Complex, effective June 6.
 
The career center, which previously was at 251 W. 850 North St., is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the service complex, 313 W. Jefferson St. The center is in Suite 303. The center’s phone number: 260-724-4963.
 
WorkOne services are also available from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fridays in Wells County at 360 N. Main St., Bluffton, and in Allen County at 201 E. Rudisill Blvd., Fort Wayne, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays.

Program Launched to Help People with Disabilities

May 22, 2018
Northeast Indiana Works has been designated an employment network by the Social Security Administration, paving the way for the nonprofit workforce development organization to offer a Ticket to Work program that will help eligible people with disabilities succeed in the workforce.
 
Northeast Indiana Works becomes the fourth organization in the region and 32nd in the state to receive the employment network designation. The Ticket to Work program will be offered through Northeast Indiana Works’ WorkOne Northeast career centers.
 
Ticket to Work, which is free and voluntary, is designed to help people with disabilities move toward financial independence and connects them with the services and support they need to succeed in the workforce.
 
Among the free, supportive one-on-one services offered to Ticket to Work participants through WorkOne Northeast: Pre-employment training and assistance, such as resume development, interview training, how to find jobs, and benefits counseling, as well as ongoing supports once a person is employed.

Gateway Coalition Hosts Career Fair for Allen County Students

May 11, 2018
About 130 Junior and senior high school students in Allen County attended a MADEBYME Career Fair May 11 at the Hilliard Gates Sports Center at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

The career fair was organized by the Gateway Coalition, a group of educators, industry representatives and other community leaders dedicated to creating awareness among middle and high school students about careers in manufacturing and the skilled trades. The group is being led by the North Indiana Chapter of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA).

Since 2015, Gateway Coalition members have gone into Allen County schools and spoken to more than 3,700 middle and high school students about career pathways in manufacturing and the skilled trades. More than 50 high school counselors have gone on plant tours arranged by the Gateway Coalition.

MADEBYME, meanwhile, is a regional manufacturing/construction awareness campaign launched three years ago by Northeast Indiana Works and supported by a website (www.madebyme.me) that offers information about certification-based employment needs among northeast Indiana manufacturers and skilled trades employers; general wage information; and a list of providers offering Career and Technical Education (CTE) training. Northeast Indiana Works is part of the Gateway Coalition.

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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.
Returning to college at 38 years old for career advancement was a great challenge, but WorkOne Northeast not only helped with grants for tuition and books, they also helped me hone my interview skills and aided in developing an effective resume. Today, thanks to WorkOne, I am a Registered Nurse and clinical specialist for Parkview Physicians Group.
Tina Hamrick