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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 21 additional confirmed deaths since Tuesday, bringing the state’s total to 2,469. The state announced more than 46,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 496,000 Hoosiers tested.

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According to data released Thursday, Indiana had, by far, the largest spike in new claims for unemployment assistance in the country last week. The state says most of them are coming from foreign identity thieves trying to steal money.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 33 additional confirmed deaths over the weekend, bringing the state’s total to 2,427. The state announced nearly 45,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 470,000 Hoosiers tested.

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New claims for unemployment benefits in Indiana have continued to rise slightly for three weeks in a row. At the same time, the number of people continuing to get benefits is slowly decreasing.

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Indiana housing advocates say the state’s new Rental Assistance Program sets up the “pipeline” to help Hoosiers in need – but that it still needs to be filled with resources.

The state says its effort will help 12,000 households pay rent.

The Hoosier Housing Needs Coalition estimates the new program would still leave around 200,000 households without help.

Indiana Jobless Claims Up By Nearly A Third Last Week

Jun 25, 2020
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Nearly a third more Indiana workers filed initial unemployment claims last week compared to the previous week. The U.S. Labor Department reported Thursday that the number of new claims totaled 31,885 during the week of June 20, compared to an adjusted number of 24,017 the week before, the department reported. That’s an increase of 7,868. Indianapolis Business Journal reports that before the coronavirus pandemic, Indiana typically saw fewer than 3,000 initial unemployment claims per week.

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Thousands of Hoosier renters facing eviction in the coming weeks might get a little help from the state.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 23 additional confirmed deaths over the weekend, bringing the state’s total to 2,350. The state announced more than 42,000 total confirmed cases, with nearly 412,000 Hoosiers tested.

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Indiana’s unemployment rate fell more than 5 percent in May according to data released from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Friday. However, the same report revised April’s rate upwards from what was already a record high. 

Lawmakers: Open Mich. Unemployment Offices, Give $1K Loans

Jun 20, 2020
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers increasingly frustrated over delayed unemployment benefits for people out of work due to the coronavirus pandemic are urging Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to reopen offices so the jobless can get in-person assistance. Legislators from both parties say the dozen offices, closed due to COVID-19, should open their doors again, by appointment only.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana had about 24,000 people apply for unemployment benefits last week as the state marked a 12th week of significant coronavirus-related job losses. A federal report released Thursday shows new jobless aid applications submitted last week in Indiana were roughly equal to the week before. The level is about one-sixth of Indiana’s weekly peak of 139,000 in late March when coronavirus business closures first hit hard. Indiana leaders are hoping for an economic recovery as the lifting of state’s business restrictions continues.

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Hoosiers whose jobs were affected by COVID-19 could get access to some help with utility costs.

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President Trump is speaking about the unexpectedly strong jobs report at the White House. Watch his remarks live.

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Hoosiers on Indiana’s Medicaid expansion program, HIP 2.0, will now have access to some benefits while they transition to insurance from a new employer.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana had about 24,000 people apply for unemployment benefits last week as the state followed the national trend of slowing job losses after coronavirus-related business closures started in mid-March. Federal statistics released Thursday show some 240,000 Indiana residents received jobless aid for the week ending May 23. That is down from the peak of nearly 295,000 in early May just before statewide business and travel restrictions began being eased. Gov.

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On March 23, just hours before Gov. Eric Holcomb announced the closure of non-essential businesses, the South Bend Police Department received this 911 call. It’s from a staff member at the local WorkOne office.

The number of Hoosiers filing new applications for unemployment benefits dropped slightly last week, to 26,000. But since mid-March, over 700,000 workers have applied for unemployment. 

Department of Workforce Development Commissioner Fred Payne says the department paid about $1 billion of unemployment benefits in May. He also estimates 80 to 85 percent of people applying for unemployment benefits are getting payment within a few weeks.

“Those claims that go beyond 21 days require more experienced adjudicators to work through the process,” he says. 

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 21 additional confirmed deaths Wednesday, bringing the state’s total to 1,871. The state announced more than 32,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 235,000 Hoosiers tested.

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More than 1 in 4 workers experienced unemployment last month in several Indiana counties. Data released Tuesday from the Department of Workforce Development shows which areas of the state were hit hardest.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 41 additional confirmed deaths over Memorial Day weekend, bringing the state’s total to 1,832. The state announced more than 31,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 226,000 Hoosiers tested.

Indiana Jobless Rate Hits 16.9%; State Plans Big Budget Cuts

May 23, 2020
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's unemployment rate hit 16.9% in April due to widespread business closures during the coronavirus outbreak. State officials warned Friday of steep spending cuts in reaction to plummeting tax revenues. Officials are however pointing to some hopeful signs of economic recovery as restrictions on business and gatherings ease. Indiana's workforce agency commissioner says the state is processing fewer ongoing unemployment benefits claims and many factories are resuming operations at full strength.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 48 additional confirmed deaths on Thursday, bringing the state’s total to 1,764. The state announced nearly 30,000 total confirmed cases, with nearly 203,000 Hoosiers tested.

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After six weeks of steep declines, the number of people filing new claims for unemployment benefits in Indiana remained largely unchanged last week. That’s based on data released Thursday by the Department of Labor.

Michigan Unemployment Skyrocketed Last Month

May 20, 2020
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DETROIT (AP) — Michigan’s unemployment rate rocketed in April, likely setting an all-time high at 22.7%, as coronavirus restrictions shut down businesses and put people out of work. April was the first full month of stay-home orders and business shutdowns. People have been urged to wear masks and avoid each other to reduce the spread of the virus. The state said the April jobless rate likely set a record when compared to estimates recorded since at least 1976. The previous high was 16.5% in December 1982.

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The Department of Workforce Development has paid out $1.4 billion in unemployment benefits since March, with about $440 million coming from the state. Meanwhile, the agency is still dealing with high call volumes and many unresolved claims.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 26 additional confirmed deaths on Wednesday, bringing the state’s total to 1,508. The state announced more than 26,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 160,000 Hoosiers tested.

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A little more than 30,000 Hoosiers applied for unemployment benefits last week as the economic impact of COVID-19 drags on. That adds to the quarter of a million people who continue to get unemployment benefits from the state.

Indiana Jobless Claims Reach 640,000 Since Coronavirus Hit

May 14, 2020
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — About 30,000 people applied for unemployment benefits in Indiana last week even as many business restrictions stemming from the coronavirus outbreak were eased in most of the state. Federal statistics released Thursday show Indiana has had about 640,000 people seek jobless aid over the past eight weeks. Indiana reported processing nearly 69,000 applications for a separate federal program set up for the self-employed and gig workers.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 32 additional confirmed deaths on Monday, bringing the state’s total to 1,411. The state announced more than 24,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 146,000 Hoosiers tested.

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Many workers concerned about their health as businesses reopen will lose their unemployment benefits when called back to work. There are exceptions, but they’ll be handled on a case-by-case basis.

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