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Starting June 1, Unemployed Hoosiers Must Actively Be Looking For Work

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Justin Hicks/IPB News
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Indiana will require out-of-work Hoosiers to prove they’re actively searching for work starting June 1, or else lose their unemployment benefits. The rule came in an executive order rolling back some of the COVID-19 relief measures in place for over a year.

Gov. Eric Holcomb is directing the Department of Workforce Development to restart work search and job counseling requirements. It will also begin increasing unemployment trust fund charges for employers who lay workers off.

None of these requirements are new, but have been waived since March of last year to support workers during the pandemic.

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Holcomb has also asked DWD to research the demographics of those unemployed. He said it will help him decide if Indiana will join a growing number of states in opting out of extra federal unemployment programs. 

The order comes a day after President Joe Biden directed the federal Department of Labor to ensure all states reintroduce “appropriate” work search requirements. Biden also asserted that the extra $300 in weekly benefits is not causing people to stay out of jobs.

Contact reporter Justin at jhicks@wvpe.org or follow him on Twitter at @Hicks_JustinM.

Justin Hicks has joined the reporting team for Indiana Public Broadcasting News (IPB News) through funding made available by (IPBS) Indiana Public Broadcasting Stations. Justin will be based out of WVPE in his new role as a Workforce Development Reporter for IPB News. Justin comes to Indiana by way of New York. He has a Master's Degree from the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University. He previously earned a Bachelor of Music Degree from Appalachian State University where he played trumpet. He first learned about Elkhart, Indiana, because of the stamp on his brass instrument indicating where it was produced.