updated: 1/23/2009 11:16:40 AM

Indiana Adds Workforce Development Employees

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Governor Mitch Daniels has announced more actions to help unemployed Hoosiers. A new Indiana Department of Workforce Development Unemployment (DWD) Claims Adjudication Center is being opened in Fort Wayne. It will include 50 workers. Another 50 positions are being added to DWD operations in Indianapolis. Commissioner Teresa Voors says the new positions will provide an immediate impact on the state's ability to process unemployment insurance issues.

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Press Release

FORT WAYNE, Indiana (January 23, 2009) – Governor Mitch Daniels today announced 100 new staff will be hired to help unemployed Hoosiers, half in Fort Wayne and half in Indianapolis. The 50 new positions in Fort Wayne will be located at a new Department of Workforce Development Unemployment Claims Adjudication Center.

“When people are hurting, we can’t move too fast, and being way above average isn’t good enough,” said Daniels. “We’re determined that jobless Hoosiers will get the quickest and most efficient service in America.”

DWD pays 93 percent of first-time claims within 21 days, well beyond the federal government’s standard of 87 percent. Despite a doubling of total claims from a year ago, 85 percent of claims are being paid within seven days.

The new adjudicators will be state employees who resolve issues and investigate unemployment claim discrepancies across Northern Indiana. The Fort Wayne positions will be hired through WorkOne Northeast and will be located inside the existing facility. Full-time positions, including salary and benefits, will average more than $15 per hour and part-time positions will average nearly $11 per hour. Fifty adjudicators also will be hired from the Indianapolis WorkOne centers. All positions will begin paid-training immediately

“These new positions will provide an immediate impact on DWD’s ability to process unemployment insurance issues and efficiently deliver benefits to Hoosiers,” said Teresa Voors, Commissioner of the Department of Workforce Development. “By filling these positions through our WorkOne centers we will help 100 Hoosiers to return to the world of work.”

Hoosiers interested in applying for these positions should visit Indiana’s new job search Web site, www.indianacareerconnect.com, search keyword “unemployment.” Basic qualifications include: customer service experience, computer proficiency, problem solving skills, and ability to pass a criminal background check.

Source: Indiana Department of Workforce Development

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