Indiana

Third Congressional District

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Reality - Mitch Daniels

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Reality Check: Indiana job numbers don't add up
Indianapolis - The state of Indiana is going to clean up its job numbers. The announcement comes after 13 Investigates revealed state job statistics don't add up. Now, the state's former lieutenant governor is insisting on change.
Reality Check: Indiana to clean up job numbers
Indianapolis - The state of Indiana is going to clean up its job numbers. The announcement comes after 13 Investigates revealed state job statistics don't add up. Now, the state's former lieutenant governor is insisting on change.
Reality Check: State wants to keep job numbers secret
Indianapolis - Indiana's much-publicized job numbers don't add up. Where the Indiana Economic Development Corporation claims tens of thousands of new jobs, 13 Investigates documented empty factories and undeveloped corn fields all across the state. WTHR's investigation found at least 40% of Indiana's 100,000 "new jobs" promoted by the IEDC and Governor Mitch Daniels have never come, drawing the governor's ire.
Reality Check: Adding up (and subtracting) Indiana's “new jobs”
Indianapolis - As far as press releases go, this one was brief and its headline was direct: "Vera Bradley hires 490 new employees."
The popular Fort Wayne-based manufacturer of fun, fashionable handbags sent the press release in August 2008 to announce it had leased a new production center that would eventually house nearly 500 new workers.

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Welfare Privatization

  • Indiana agency begins hybrid welfare plan rollout

    Indianapolis - Indiana's human services agency is hoping the third time's a charm when it comes to welfare intake.

    The Family and Social Services Administration announced Tuesday it has started rolling out what it's calling a hybrid welfare system in 10 southwestern Indiana counties surrounding Evansville.

  • Indiana agency begins hybrid welfare plan rollout

    Indianapolis - Indiana's human services agency is hoping the third time's a charm when it comes to welfare intake.

    The Family and Social Services Administration announced Tuesday it has started rolling out what it's calling a hybrid welfare system in 10 southwestern Indiana counties surrounding Evansville.

  • FSSA chief admits to privatized welfare problems

    Indianapolis - There are renewed calls for the state to pull the plug on its billion-dollar welfare privatization program, or at the very least, stop the one-way flow of money until contractors get it right.

    13 Investigates has more on the tough questions facing the agency's leader.

  • FSSA contractor ACS offering bonus incentives to employees

    Marion - With a billion-dollar state contract at risk, 13 Investigates has discovered some pricey rewards being offered to welfare workers in Marion. In exchange, the FSSA call center employees would have to bail out contractors under fire by both state and federal officials.

  • Investigation reveals FSSA errors paid with tax dollars

    Indianapolis - The state agency in charge of welfare denies its billion dollar privatized system is broken. But 13 Investigates uncovers confidential information that reveals widespread failure, paid for with your tax dollars.

  • FSSA call center draws fire from employees

    Marion - A statewide call center, set up to help Hoosiers down on their luck, is drawing fire from employees who work there.

    Workers say the state is trying to speed up a billion dollar system, by delivering promises they can't keep. Some workers told 13 Investigates they're being dismissed from the job for veering off the FSSA script.

Indiana's economy under Mitch Daniels

July 8, 2010
Indiana's unemployment

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Change in Unemployment Levels by State

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Indiana's unemployment

Recession ships more Indiana jobs to other countries

Indianapolis Business Journal 05/02/10

Burial casket jobs in Richmond and computer assembly services in Carmel have shifted to Mexico. Auto stamping work once done in Howe has moved to Canada and India. Client performance analysis done in South Bend is now being handled in China.

The number of Indiana plants, warehouses and offices sending jobs abroad since the recession began in December 2007 has more than doubled that of past economic downturns, U.S. Department of Labor reports show.

During the 1982 recession, workers at 75 Indiana companies were certified as dislocated by foreign trade from January 1980 to December 1983, Labor Department reports show. This time, 163 plants, warehouses and offices are involved.

The 163 cases cited by the Labor Department could account for an estimated 50,000 job losses about one of every six unemployed people in the state.