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NWI TIMES: Northwest Indiana unemployment hits lowest point since 2017

Joseph S. Pete, NWI Times July 5, 2019 Northwest Indiana’s unemployment rate fell to 3.8% in May, hitting its lowest point since May 2017 after dropping by half a percent, but the latest unemployment figures weren’t all good news about the local economy. “The latest data for Northwest Indiana was a mixed bag for the…

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NWI TIMES: Secretary of Labor visits ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor, says he wants to preserve steelworker jobs

Joseph S. Pete, NWI Times July 2, 2019 BURNS HARBOR — U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta toured ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor Tuesday, saying he hoped to preserve steelworker jobs. Acosta touted the proposed United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement as potentially benefiting domestic steel mills and a nationwide job skills training initiative. ArcelorMittal USA President and CEO John…

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NWI TIMES GUEST COMMENTARY: Transforming Indiana’s workforce

Doug Ross, June 30, 2019 Jobs for America’s Graduates provides high school students with skills to transform hopes and dreams into reality. Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) is a state-based, national nonprofit dedicated to helping high school students of promise who have experienced challenging or traumatic life experiences achieve success through graduation. JAG is a…

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NWI Times: Student innovation showcased in READY NWI Summer Institute

June 13, 2019 Carley Lanich HOBART — Student innovation was at the forefront of READY NWI’s 2019 Summer Institute on Thursday. The annual gathering of Region educators regularly brings hot topics in education to the drawing board for professional development and collaborative brainstorming sessions. In this year’s Summer Institute, organizers focused on allowing district leaders…

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NWIndianaLife: READY NWI gathers to plan for region-wide student success

Click here for more photos! May 17, 2019 Written by: Kayla Belec On the third Thursday of each month during the school year, leaders from K-12 schools, colleges across the Region, and workforce development professionals gather at Hobart High School to tackle the tricky topic of preparing students for college and careers. This Thursday, the…

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Chicago Fed Letter: Does automation always lead to a decline in low-wage jobs?

Chicago Fed Letter, No. 413, 2019, Download article here. Does Automation Always Lead to a Decline in Low-Wage Jobs?By Daniel Aaronson , Brian J. PhelanView article at chicagofed.org To what extent are low-wage jobs in the United States being replaced by technology? Our research¹ suggests that low-wage jobs that are intensive in routine cognitive tasks,…

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NWI Times GUEST COMMENTARY: Young workers are lovin’ it at McDonald’s

Doug Ross, April 28, 2019 All six LaPorte County McDonald’s restaurants focus on hiring young workers and building deep relationships that frequently last a lifetime. They are owned and operated by the team of Glenn Lubeznik and his son Sam, and Sam’s wife Erika. They do much more for the community than satisfy hungry patrons…

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